November 12, 2012 / Creative Writing
In “Water Mission,” Jillena Rose offers a narrative of a childhood in Saigon, where she learned the prayer of “women in white silk laughing, letting water run over their fingers . . . another sound for praise.”
November 13, 2008
And if the tribal dialect has yet to be
and if the pique and pallor of the public
discourse yet continues
to obscure and to efface without the merest
whisper of chagrin, one
might nonetheless resolve to hold the line within,
among one’s also wincing cohort, honoring
the latent beauty of
the true, or, short of truth, what might for the moment
pass for it.
Scott Cairns teaches modern and contemporary American literature and creative writing at the University of Missouri. He is an accomplished poet whose writing has appeared in the Atlantic, the Paris Review, the New Republic, Books & Culture, and Image.