Craft

Poem & Conversation With Sandra Marchetti

Holly Mason/ Sandra Marchetti

When I’ve read this poem at events or workshops, most folks think of it as a take on Bishop’s “The Fish.” And, of course, Bishop is well known for her fishing imagery, being from Nova Scotia, etc. My favorite poem of hers is “At the Fishhouses,” which provides the epigraph for my full-length collection, Confluence. All of this to say, the driving force behind “Imagination” is Bishop’s “The Riverman,” a poem that is less well-known. It is rough-hewn, very narrative, and based in Brazilian myth. Bishop lets her hair down in this piece.

/ Read ›

Meet StS Assistant Editor

Melanie Tague

At the moment, Melanie is most interested in the oppression of the prison population and how the literary world and this journal can do more to reach out to those in prison and work toward helping reforms happen within both the justice and prison systems.

/ Read ›

Reckoning Space

Nikki Brugnoli

It is a tremendous collision of possibilities and impossibilities. The blurry density of saturated darkness and the eruption of light embedded into the silky skin of Mylar speak to the opposites that exist in us all.

/ Read ›

Stalagmite Sculptures

Nina Kossman

I was inspired to make these sculptures after visiting Drach Caves in Mallorca, where stalagmites and stalactites seemed to resemble groups of people. While I was surrounded by this nature-made art, I wanted to emulate nature. Stalagmites are created by the dripping of dissolved calcite over thousands of years; this is what moved me to make these sculptures using the drip method.

/ Read ›

Artist Arisa White: Father Can You Hear Me?

Arisa White

For a few years now, working on a collection of epistolary poems, addressed to my estranged father, I’ve been pronouncing epistles like “epistols.”

It is a vulnerable making process to write to a father who has been absent from my life for over three decades—an absence that has required me to listen, and therefore write, in a new way. The collection, dear Gerald, is me talking …

/ Read ›