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Share This Poem: “Bridges,”  by Zara Raab.

Share This Poem: “Bridges,” by Zara Raab.

“With menacing metal jaws that arch and open above the river’s reedy throat …” We continue to celebrate National Poetry Month with this stunner from Zara Raab — a consideration of all a bridge might mean. We offer you a specially formatted broadside to download and print at home,  or you can scroll down to read the...
Online Exclusive: “My Good Name,” by Christine Gelineau: Ego surfing turns up an evil double.

Online Exclusive: “My Good Name,” by Christine Gelineau: Ego surfing turns up an evil double.

Have you ever Googled your own name just to see what comes up? Of course you have — haven’t we all? It’s called “ego surfing,” but isn’t it also prudent to see what your online self is up to? My name is unusual enough that typically the sites that come up actually do refer to me, or...
The Power and Limitations of "Hiroshima"

The Power and Limitations of “Hiroshima”

The most celebrated example of long-form nonfiction in the post-World War II years was John Hersey’s Hiroshima, originally published in The New Yorker in August 1946 in its complete 30,000-word form, taking up the entire issue (to memorialize the fiftieth anniversary of the Hiroshima bombing, the magazine has posted the full piece online). Hersey’s carefully...

Poet Claudia Emerson Sings of Lost Love

In 2006 Claudia Emerson won the Pulitzer Prize in poetry for Late Wife. The deeply personal collection ended with reflections on her second marriage, to Kent Ippolito, a musician who had been widowed by cancer. This morning, Emerson died from complications due to cancer. She was 57, and a much-loved professor at Virginia Commonwealth University, Broad Street’s...

Contributor Paisley Rekdal to Judge Poetry for 2014 National Book Awards

Essayist and poet Paisley Rekdal, whose essay“The Lives of Strangers” appeared in Broad Street’s “Dangerous Territories” issue, has been chosen to serve as poetry judge for the 2014 National Book Awards. She joins the ranks of Eileen Myles, Katie Peterson, Rowan Ricardo Phillips, and Robert Polito to assess the nation’s top poets of 2014. Congratulations! Paisley, who teaches...