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One of the most common questions I'm asked, regarding free verse especially, is when to end a line in a poem. Where to end a line of a poem comes naturally to some writers. A line feels complete and, therefore, it ends. For others, however, a line ends with a more concrete purpose: a weighty word, a word that holds onto the reader for a...
Charlotte Pence’s full-length poetry collection, Spike, will be released by Black Lawrence Press in 2014. She is also the author of two award-winning poetry chapbooks, The Branches, the Axe, the Missing and Weaves a Clear Night. Pence edited The Poetics of American Song Lyrics (University Press of Mississippi, 2012), which explores the...
As I write this, the 2013 baseball playoffs are in full-swing. I remember when there was just the World Series—no playoffs (see, two sentences in, and I’m already verging on nostalgia. That’s the problem with poetry and baseball). I’ve heard baseball referred to as the most “poetic” sport. No clock, played on grass, etc. George Carlin used...
Please note that there is still time to submit original poetry to the 14th annual James Hearst Poetry Prize.  The deadline is November 15th, 2013.  Please submit online at https://northamericanreview.submittable.com/submit/1301.
I wrote “Electricity” while employed in the main office of Unity for the Homeless in New Orleans. I worked with a woman 20 years younger than myself who had worked with ACORN for most of her adult life and had been involved in running one of their community radio stations. Our conversations kicked up memories of my own time on the airwaves on...
Perspective How do you paint the color of bone, the pelvis where the flesh has been cut away? For more than two days we’ve soaked in bleach the ivory girdle of the deer my son killed. Every few hours I check the bucket so I can watch the dissolution, the falling away of the life that can’t last. Think of O’Keeffe’s inheritance. What her hands...
Elizabeth Bishop said she wrote poems not because she felt a special affinity with words but because she had a feeling of there being things in her head—objects in her mind—she wanted to write down. One can see how Bishop’s poems are not so much grounded in the real as rather illuminated and borne aloft by their weird conjunctions with things...
When I was a teenager, I locked my mother in the basement. It was an accident, but that didn't do her any good after I locked that door and left the house to go to work. She had to physically break out of the basement through the bulkhead door, climb the backyard fence, and go to her own job without keys or a purse or anything else. When I...
In celebration of National Poetry Month, the North American Review Blog will be hosting several installments of The Next Big Thing Self-Interview Series, in which writers answer the same nine questions about their forthcoming books or works-in-progress! J.D. Schraffenberger is the associate editor of the North American Review and an associate...
In celebration of National Poetry Month, the North American Review Blog will be hosting several installments of The Next Big Thing Self-Interview Series, in which writers answer the same nine questions about their forthcoming books or works-in-progress! This week we are thrilled to bring you an interview from Vince Gotera! What can I say?...
In celebration of National Poetry Month, the North American Review Blog will be hosting several installments of The Next Big Thing Self-Interview Series, in which writers answer the same nine questions about their forthcoming books or works-in-progress! This week’s contribution comes from Rachel Morgan, whose work is innovative, curious,...
As part of our celebration of National Poetry Month, the North American Review Blog will be hosting several installments of The Next Big Thing Self-Interview Series, in which writers answer the same nine questions about their forthcoming books or works-in-progress! This week I am proud to be presenting Catherine Pritchard Childress’...
James Hearst Poetry Prize Update Because of Hurricane Sandy, several of our poets from the East Coast have requested an extension to submit to the James Hearst Poetry Prize. We completely understand and requests to submit after October 31st can be sent to nar@uni.edu. You are in our thoughts.
Here we will update you on all things North American Review including calls for submissions, updates about the James Hearst Poetry Prize, and news regarding current and past contributors. Thanks for reading and keep in touch!

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