Painted Bride Quarterly has published a new poem by Henry.
Henry Hughes After We Lost the House the deck I built, your mother’s plantings, blossoms and birds carved into closet doors for the room you were gonna paint purple. It all went red on my half-time, then Mom got sick and the car died. Winter gnawed through that drafty trailer and the drunk-ruckus apartment on Ninth, until I got the other job and this place, where you can walk to school and help Mom sow a small garden. The landlord doesn’t want a handyman, just a check every month. But at night, in the garage over a makeshift bench, I build birdhouses— top-grade plywood, stainless steel screws, tin-faced nesting holes nothing’ll chew through.
“Thirty-five years after her lauded debut collection, Blessing, Christopher Jane Corkery’s superb second book, Love Took the Words, extends her commitment to musical, allusive, formally inventive poetry, which draws on religious and literary traditions as well as daily life.”
Read Henry’s review in the Harvard Review Online
“In this time rocked by pandemic and protests, Kathleen Graber offers poems that examine the nature of communion and communication. Troubled by divisive political rhetoric and the way language has been weaponized in the age of Trump, the speaker must nevertheless trust her own words—to tell us about mounting bills, a missing cat, divorce, sickness, and the loss of a loved one. Between the political and the personal, despair and hope, she finds salvation in the knowledge…”
Read Henry’s Review in the Harvard Review Online.