Reverse Migration

Issue 40 | Sybil Baker's Sebaldian travelogue through the Syrian migration route.

A Conversation on Li Shangyin

Issue 40 | Translators Chloe Garcia Roberts and Guangchen Chen discuss Chinese poet Li Shangyin, Baroque complexity, the untranslatable, and more.

Knows It Knows Too Much: On Jennifer L. Knox

Issue 40 | Ailbhe Darcy explores modern political aesthetics via the poetry of Jennifer L. Knox

“A Picture of Great Detail”: The Art of David Jones

Issue 40 | Thomas Berenato reflects on WWI poet David Jones's forgotten artistic achievements.

The Tiniest Ark: On Jennifer Moore

Issue 40 | Virginia Konchan calls Moore's new collection “a Comprehensive Guide to the Eighth Wonder of the World—that is, life beyond materialism”.

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Reverse Migration

After our month-long travels across southeastern Europe, Rowan and I arrived at my brother and sister-in-law’s apartment in Ankara ready for a home-cooked meal. We were (over) fed in typical…

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A Conversation on Li Shangyin: Chloe Garcia Roberts & Guangchen Chen

This dialogue took place over the course of several months in early 2015 and was published in Chinese by the Beijing-based magazine, Painting, Calligraphy, Poetry (詩書畫) that same year. In…

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Knows It Knows Too Much: Jennifer L. Knox, Elliptical Compromises, and the Resolution of Humor

As long ago as 1998, Stephen Burt noticed a tendency for contemporary poets to want to have their cake and eat it too, to speak from the heart while gesticulating…

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The Tiniest Ark: Jennifer Moore’s The Veronica Maneuver

You never enter the same river twice, according to Heraclitus. Likewise, in Jennifer Moore’s debut collection, The Veronica Maneuver, you never enter the same poem twice—or at least, thanks to…

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“A Picture of Great Detail”: The Art of David Jones

The Orchard, Capel-y-ffin, by David Jones, 1920s “And so I make for myself a picture of great detail,” said the great Homer scholar Milman Parry in a 1934 address to…

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Conversations: Laura van den Berg and Elisa Gabbert

Laura van den Berg I have known Laura van den Berg since the mid-aughts, when we both attended graduate school at Emerson College (I on a poetry track, she on…

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A Taste of Immortality: The Post-Earthquake Haitian Novel

Quand on revient de l’enfer, chaque baiser a un goût d’immortalité. (When you come back from hell, every kiss has a taste of immortality.) —Yanick Lahens, Failles (all translations by…

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Garip: A Turkish Poetry Manifesto (1941)

The Critical Flame is thrilled to present the first English publication of Melih Cevdet Anday, Oktay Rifat, and Orhan Veli’s revolutionary poetry manifesto, Garip, which appeared in Turkish in 1941. The manifesto…

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Kintsugi: On Two New Collections by Simeon Berry

Reading Simeon Berry’s Ampersand Revisited and Monograph one after the other, one has the sense of a continuum marked with lacunae. Although Ampersand Revisited is Berry’s third manuscript and Monograph his…

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The Space Between: A Personal Essay of Anorexia

The history of anorexia as a phenomenon is unclear, but the term “anorexia” seems to have become popularized in the Western lexicon sometime in the early nineteen eighties, as a…

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