On Verse

Sometimes You Need a Record of Your Life: on Lisa Robertson

“I want to be believed. But I also want to write through spaces that are utterly delusional.” —Lisa Robertson I was reading Lisa Robertson’s latest long poem, Cinema of the…

Amplified by the Ultrasound: Keith Leonard’s Ramshackle Ode

Keith Leonard’s first full-length collection, Ramshackle Ode, transforms the poetry of praise into a celebration of the imperfect—in particular, the imperfections of the author’s life. The poems of Ramshackle Ode…

Call for Submissions: Translation Feature

BOSTON, MA – MAY 2, 2016 | The Critical Flame, a bimonthly online journal of book reviews, criticism, essays, interviews, and literary nonfiction, announces an invitation for submissions to a…

Eucharist: Dimitris Lyacos’s “With the People from the Bridge”

“A Couple and Two Children Sleeping on a London Bridge” by Gustave Dore Dimitris Lyacos’s long, tripartite poem, Poena Damni, is one of the most important and challenging literary works…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

A Queer Excess: the Supplication of John Wieners

John Wieners, New York City, November 1993. Photo by Allen Ginsberg. The poetry of John Wieners is lyric, bold, shameless. It is a poetry of dereliction in the face of…

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