Congratulations to Natasha Trethewey, newly named as Poet Laureate of the United States. She has been a frequent contributor to NER since 1999, including work in issues 20.2, 22.4, 23.4, 25.4, 27.2, 30.4, and 32.3. Her poems “Genus Narcissus” and “Elegy” are available in full on our website.
The new issue of New England Review has just shipped from the printer, and a sample is available here on our website. In these pages, you’ll find new stories by Brock Clarke, Castle Freeman Jr., William Gilson, Jane Ratcliffe, and Christine Sneed, appearing alongside new poems by Beverly Burch, Victoria Chang, Caleb Curtiss, Jeff Friedman, Debora Greger, Shara Lessley, John Lundberg, Matthew Nienow, C. L. O’Dell, Carl Phillips, Adrienne Su, and Valerie Wohlfeld. In nonfiction, Joseph Fruscione examines the long-term rivalry of Faulkner and Hemingway, Francis-Noël Thomas reflects on tea and its implications, and Paul Plagens recalls his time in the L.A. County jail’s “ding tank.” Also in nonfiction, historian Richard J. Smith traces the westward movement of the I Ching, Matthew Vollmer visits a collector of Nazi paraphernalia, Karen Holmberg muses about bird song and the human voice, and Goethe makes his way to Rome. Plus a translation, by Benjamin Ehrlich, of the Nobel Prize neuroscientist Santiago Ramón y Cajal‘s thoughts on death, glory, and the limits of the human condition. This issue’s updated design features cover art by Jennifer Riley. BUY THIS ISSUE
Congratulations to the 2012 winners of the National Book Critics Circle Award, including NER contributor Laura Kasischke, who won in poetry for her book Space, in Chains (Copper Canyon). Laura Kasischke first appeared in NER in 1994 (16.1), and most recently in our current issue (32.4).
Here are three other poems by Kasischke published in NER and available in full online: