By Lauren Russell
JUNE 2021 | Poetry
Lauren Russell is the author of Descent (Tarpaulin Sky Press, 2020), winner of the Poetry Society of America’s 2021 Annie Rabinowitz Award, and What’s Hanging on the Hush (Ahsahta Press, 2017). She was a 2017 NEA fellow in poetry and is an assistant professor in the Residential College in the Arts and Humanities and director of the RCAH Center for Poetry at Michigan State University. Russell wrote an earlier draft of this sequence at a residency at Passa Porta, International House of Literature, in 2019. “I got stuck in the pipe” was originally published in Passa Porta’s magazine.
By Jessamine Batario
MAR 2020 | Editor's Message
Intellectuals love to walk in the woods. They reach a clearing and their minds clear, becoming receptive to the ideas that sprout on trees. The clearing I wait for signals the proximity of the next lake. Tall trees in my peripheral vision give way to an expanse of the most transparent lake water Ive ever seen. The portage ends, I cast off my pack, I sit again.