Category Archives: Poetry

Adam Soldofsky’s The Blind Swordsman Poems

Friend and former contributor to Paperbag Adam Soldofsky has been up to some interesting work lately, not the least of which is his current Tumblr project. A series of short poems built on screenshots with and without subtitles from a … Continue reading

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Instructions from Ali Znaidi

Another Instructions submission called “Words Rattle” from Ali Znaidi in Tunisia. A visual/poetic interpretation, monochrome and full of guitars. Just how we like it. Ali’s bio: Ali Znaidi (b.1977) lives in Redeyef, Tunisia where he teaches English. His work has … Continue reading

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Author Update

Hi, friends! Hope everyone’s ready to tear it up at AWP. Looks like it’s gonna be a good time. We got a little update from former Paperbag contributor Joshua Marie Wilkinson. You can find his forthcoming book, The Courier’s Archive … Continue reading

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Monica Wendel and Kate Shults–BRAIN SCIENCE Video

We sadly slept on this for far too long (so much email!), but eternal friend of the Paperbag show Monica Wendel has had one of her poems transformed by video artist Kate Shults. The poem is from her forthcoming Thrush … Continue reading

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Paperbag No. 6 Launch Reading

Hey Friends! Our latest issue, Paperbag 6, is live. Check it out! And we’re having a reading. TONIGHT! Pete’s Candy Store, 7 to 8:30pm Readings by: MARINA KAGANOVA NATALIE EILBERT Musical Performance by: DAVID WAITE MARTINSON Come celebrate with us! … Continue reading

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Interview with Monica McClure

Cathy Linh Che: When reading through your poems, I felt some sense of family history in them, but the poems didn’t feel like direct storytelling. They felt slippery, though grounded in a kind of vernacular and an aura of desire … Continue reading

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Interview with Mike Lala

This act of taking fingers and teeth from corpses as war trophies especially—how can one not see it as analogous to what we’re doing on a large scale, invading countries, hanging dictators and installing our own? Continue reading

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PAPERBAG No. 5 Launch Reading

Hey Y’all! We’re having a reading for the most recent issue of Paperbag! You should totally come. Facebook invite here: https://www.facebook.com/events/625784427448776/ The evening’s readers include: Iris Cushing Elsbeth Pancrazi Monica McClure M.R.B. Chelko Mike Lala Paul O’Connor Things go down … Continue reading

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Interview with Elsbeth Pancrazi

[Shines bright light on Elsbeth] Q: One of your strengths as a poet is the ability to poetically engage with nearly any subject, which I find is a distinct trait from merely writing a poem about something. Many poets, including … Continue reading

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Interview with Iris Cushing

Q: Your poems are very rooted in place, location, and in nature as a whole. What is it about nature that lends itself so readily to poetry? How does language capture this world in a ways that other art forms … Continue reading

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