Order your copy of Columbia Journal's Spring 2019 edition, Issue 57, featuring work by Jenny Holzer, Patti Smith, Eileen Myles, Duy Doan, and Donika Kelly.
Melanie Kruvelis talks emotional mapping, grieving alone in New York City, and the catharsis of karaoke.
tarah douglas talks about safe spaces, space for grief, and space for responding to the world.
Alex Dimitrov discusses capitalism, social media, and his upcoming book, Love and Other Poems.
Here—this is the love poem no one/ gave you. And thank god!/ They couldn’t do it like this.
This poem, Joke 3, by Hélène Sanguinetti, has been translated from the French by Ann Cefola.
I don’t think of my life in suitcases, but I think/ I could part with everything that I own.
The following short story comes from Luigi Malerba's posthumous collection Sull’orlo del cratere (2018, On The Edge of the Crater).
He wasn’t ready to relinquish the life they shared, to believe another human had been made who understood him as well as her.
Days we thought we’d lived before:/ routines of conversation and television/ shows that we already knew the endings of.
What it means to live in a world where anyone can hide behind a screen but anything, once written on a screen, can’t be hidden.
After a while, we stopped counting the dead/ and let the body of the wind push us into departure.
I was looking for a way into the history of the counterculture in America and how it moved—into my generation and beyond.