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miCRo: “The Rape of Europa” and “Incensing the Veil” by Lesley Jenike

  Assistant Editor Caitlin Doyle: It’s a joy to present the first double feature in our miCRo series, a pair of interrelated flash essays, “The Rape of Europa” and “Incensing the Veil,” by Lesley Jenike. In these sharp-eyed and stirring pieces, we’re prompted to view art as a dance of veils, a titillating push-and-pull between obfuscation and exhibition. Jenike’s prose, similar to the artwork she describes, moves deftly from mystery to revelation as she explores the spiritual, philosophical, personal, and practical ways that art shapes our experience of the world. She offers readers a glimpse of Isabella Stewart Gardner, one...

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The CR 14.2 Cento Contest!

Associate Editor James Ellenberger: In celebration of the release of 14.2, we’re having another cento contest! The cento is a collage form in which a poem is composed entirely of lines from other poems. It can be an homage to the originals, a subversive twist, or just a fun game. Contemporary examples of the form include “The Dong with the Luminous Nose” by John Ashbery and “Wolf Cento” by Simone Muench. I’ve put together a cento based on work from our Issue 14.2, which can be read below, but we’re also interested in what you, our readers, can assemble...

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miCRo: William Woolfitt’s “They Are Still Here”

  Assistant Editor Molly Reid: America is no stranger to appropriation. It is, some might say, part of our country’s DNA. Whether it’s the latest in sports mascots or our president’s decision to reduce national monuments and open pipelines on native land, it’s clear that we have a long way to go in terms of treating Native peoples with respect. In William Woolfitt’s piece, he reminds us of their continued abuse as well as our own cycle of ignorance and culpability. This is not a gentle reminder. With sharp evocative images—as smoke from the copper smelters “shrivels cabbage leaves”...

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Video Feature: Amit Majmudar Reading and Discussing His Work

We are pleased to share a video of the University of Cincinnati’s 2017-2018 Elliston Poet-in-Residence Amit Majmudar. Each year, supported by the Elliston Poetry Fund, our Department of English and Comparative Literature brings a distinguished poet to UC’s campus to give public lectures, readings, and master classes, while also conducting poetry workshops and seminars. Celebrated poet, novelist, and translator Amit Majmudar is the latest in a long line of notable Elliston poets, including Robert Frost, Randall Jarrell, Jean Valentine, John Ashbery, Terrance Hayes, and Louise Gluck. To read a full list of past Elliston Poets-in-Residence, you can click here....

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miCRo: Martha Silano’s “Gifts for the Adventurous Man”

    Assistant Editor Caitlin Doyle: In “Gifts for the Adventurous Man,” Martha Silano borrows an advertising slogan from Ibex clothing as a framing device for a sonically driven exploration of the relationship between language and power. Though rooted in our current moment, punctuated with characterizations of a certain political figure Silano clearly wants us to recognize, the poem also possesses an allegorical quality that seems to resist temporal specificity. We’re invited to imagine that the unnamed person Silano describes (“blatherskite,” “foolhardy fop,” “groping gent,” “ham-faced hothead,” “madcap tambouriner,” “spin doctor,” etc) might in fact be any power-corrupted individual—historical, contemporary,...

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Contributor Successes: A Literary News Round-Up!

What’s our collective resolution for 2018 as members of the CR editorial staff (other than visiting the office candy bowl a little less often)? To support the work of today’s most gifted writers! As the year rolls into motion, we’re proud to share an impressive list of recent accomplishments by our past contributors. Translation awards, book prizes, grants, and fellowships! We’re setting off figurative fireworks for the following authors who have graced our pages…   Piotr Florczyk (10.2) won the Harold Morton Landon Translation Award for his translation from the Polish of Building the Barricade by Anna Świrszczyńska (Tavern Books, 2016) Shena McAuliffe...

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miCRo: Joshua Jones’s “Icebox”

  Associate Editor James Ellenberger: In “Icebox” Joshua Jones explores a lesbian relationship between two aging women, focusing on a visit from one of their families after Sunday services. What I love about this story is how effectively the characters allow themselves—despite past hardships—to be happy. For instance, the mastectomy’s subsequent accoutrement (the “breasts in the icebox”), a literal symbol of the lover’s body’s slow but insistent deterioration, is met with laughter, understanding, and familiarity.  It’s hard not to envision William Carlos Williams’s icebox plums too, and the gentle transgression of the note that comprises his poem. This early...

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Introducing Drama Editor Brant Russell

With great jubilation, we’d like to introduce our new drama editor—the very first for The Cincinnati Review—Brant Russell, as well as our new venture, publishing plays-in-progress. With help from the Helen Weinberger Center for the Study of Drama and Playwriting, we’re expanding what the CR publishes to include four genres. Brant knows his stuff: He’s an assistant professor and resident director in the acting program at the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati, where he teaches Script Analysis, Artist in Society, and History of Directing; runs the CCM Playwrights Workshop; and directs. He has commissioned three world...

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Introducing New Poetry Editor Rebecca Lindenberg

Today is a big day at The Cincinnati Review! We are blowing our bugles, banging our drums, and summoning our in-house bards to spread the news: Our new Poetry Editor Rebecca Lindenberg has started her tenure at the journal, and we couldn’t be more jubilant to introduce her to our readers. Managing Editor Lisa Ampleman speaks for all of us here at the CR when she says: “We’re so glad to welcome Rebecca Lindenberg on board, to maintain The Cincinnati Review’s strong commitment to poetry in the wake of Don Bogen’s retirement. With our partnership with, the frequent...

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A Brief Reading with Vincent Hiscock

For this special audio blog, we’re excited to present contributor Vincent Hiscock (issue 14.2) as he reads not only his own poem from our pages but also the work of Gary Snyder (“Piute Creek”), William Wordsworth (“The World Is Too Much with Us”), and Denise Levertov (“O Taste and See”). He sees a tether between these pieces and describes those connections between his meticulous and mellifluous readings. In speaking of his own work, Hiscock says that “My poetry, like [Snyder’s], strives to live in the sometimes clarifying and some vertiginous but always breathtaking air of the mountainscape of California.” Breathtaking,...

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