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Daniel Borzutzky is a poet and translator who lives in Chicago. His most recent book is Written After a Massacre in the Year 2018 (Coffee House Press, 2021). His 2016 collection, The Performance of Becoming Human won the National Book Award. Lake Michigan (2018) was a finalist for the Griffin International Poetry Prize. His translation of Galo Ghigliotto's Valdivia won the National Translation Award, and he has also translated collections by Raúl Zurita and Jaime Luis Huenún.


John Yau’s next book of poems, Genghis Chan on Drums, will be published by Omnidawn this fall, while his monograph on Liu Xiaodong will come out from Lund Humphries, and his one on William Tillyer will come out from Rizzoli. He has poems forthcoming in Cafe Review and the New Republic.


Nada Gordon (ScentedRushes on Etsy) makes fabric cats, skirts and frocks, dolls, and little tunes and verses. A kid’ll eat ivy, too: wouldn’t you?


James Fujinami Moore’s debut collection Indecent Hours is forthcoming from Four Way Books in 2022, and his work has appeared or is forthcoming in Barrow Street’s 4x2, Guesthouse, The Margins, the Pacifica Literary Review, and Prelude. He has received support from Poets House, Bread Loaf, and the Frost Place, and received his MFA from Hunter College in 2016.


Joyelle McSweeney is the author of ten books in an array of genres, most recently Toxicon and Arachne. She co-founded Action Books, works at Notre Dame, and lives in South Bend.


Elaine Equi is the author of many books including Ripple Effect: New and Selected Poems, and most recently, The Intangibles, from Coffee House Press. She teaches at New York University and in the MFA Program in Creative Writing at The New School.

Death Poems

Since his 1955 debut at the Six Gallery reading where Allen Ginsberg first read "Howl," Michael McClure (1932-2020) has been one of the most significant and well-known poets in the U.S. Mule Kick Blues and Last Poems, the final book he completed in his lifetime, appears this month from City Lights Books.

In Memoriam

Homage to Ferl, the Owner of the Building

Garrett Caples is a poet and an editor for City Lights Books. His latest book of poems, Lovers of Today, will appear in the fall from Wave Books.


The Brooklyn Rail

APRIL 2021

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