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Behavioral Therapy

Diana Hamilton is the author of God Was Right (Ugly Duckling Presse) and The Awful Truth (Golias Books).

Requiem for Elementary Language Acquisition

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.


Sarah Jean Grimm is the author of Soft Focus (Metatron, 2017) and an editor at the small poetry press, After Hours Editions.

The Big Fake Gentrification on the Hudson Public Art or Public Fart

Ama Birch was born on the Lower East Side during a blizzard.


Vyt Bakaitis, with three books of poems published and Refuge & Occasion due soon from Station Hill Press, is now wrapping up The Antigone Play, freely adapted from Sophocles by way of Hölderlin’s renowned German version.

seven from Active Reception

Noah Ross is a bookseller, editor, and poet based in Berkeley, CA. The author of Active Reception (Nightboat Books, 2021) and Swell (Otis Books / Seismicity Editions, 2019), Noah edits Baest: a journal of queer forms & affects and, with Lindsay Choi, Mo0on/IO.


PJ Lombardo is a poet from northern New Jersey. His work is forthcoming from or has recently appeared in Dream Pop Press, Protean Magazine, DREGINALD, and Foothill Journal.


The Brooklyn Rail

JUNE 2021

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