NOTES ON THE OCCULT ELEMENTS IN ARIANA REINES’ A SANDBOOKPeter Valente
Peter Valente dives deep into the occult and mystical aspects of Ariana Reines’ A Sand Book.
Maybe The Book is Bewildered: An Interview with Hajara QuinnJeff Alessandrelli
Jeff Alessandrelli spoke with Hajara Quinn about community, awe, inspiration, and her award-winning debut poetry collection, Coolth.
From Grit to Pearl: An Interview with Sham-e-Ali NayeemGina Myers
“Named for Hyderabad, India, Sham-e-Ali Nayeem’s debut book of poetry, City of Pearls explores loss and grief through the experience of a Muslim Indian woman whose sense of home is further lost following the death of her father.” Gina Myers in conversation with Sham-e-Ali Nayeem.
“It’s not Lonesome George who does not know he is dead. It’s we who refuse to accept extinction.” Jennifer Calkins on her encounter with the taxidermied corpse of the last known Pinta Island tortoise.
Book Album Book: Return to Fantasy IslandJeff T. Johnson
The 13th installment of Jeff T. Johnson’s Book Album Book looks at the fantastic states of synesthesia found in albums like Shana Cleveland’s Night of the Worm Moon and Ex Hex’s It’s Real.
IN SEARCH OF DUENDE: FALLING THROUGH THE TRAPDOORErica Goodkind
“The male dancer appears from the darkness, near her. They circle each other with birdlike lekking. The first cantaor unzips his skin, which falls to his feet. Out of his sinewy throat – or perhaps, from the earth – roars a bristly emotion, smelling of anguish and love and blood and tears.” From the heart of Andalucía, Erica Goodkind’s fierce appraisal of Flamenco.
Rat’s Nest Astrology: JulyNever Angeline North
Check into the Rat’s Nest for everything you need to know about July, courtesy of FZ’s resident astrologer, Never Angeline North.
Hoop (Lucid) DreamsHadiyyah Kuma
“I dreamt I was Kawhi Leonard and still nobody loved me.” Hadiyyah Kuma with a genre-bending meditation on trauma, attention, and the 2019 NBA finals.
POETS ARE TIME-TRAVELERS: Ariana Reines & Emmalea Russo in ConversationEmmalea Russo
Ariana Reines speaks candidly with Emmalea Russo about her latest and largest work to date, A Sand Book.
Book Album Book: EclipseJeff T. Johnson
The latest edition of Jeff T. Johnson’s Book Album Book focuses on the profound and otherworldly genius of Alice Coltrane.