Sylvia Gindick, online poetry editor at the Columbia Journal, spoke with Spring Contest poetry judge, Hanif Addurraqib, to discuss exploratory practices of baking and poetry, the complications of memory and place, the responsibility of the witness, and a writer’s relationship to trust. Abdurraqib, a poet, essayist, and cultural critic from Columbus, Ohio, is the award-winning […]
The Polish word for “loss” is “utrata”—the “u” an empty vessel on the page, but a full, circular sound gathered at the front of the mouth: utrata as a kind of interior possession, a weight one carries.
What do you read when you’re lonely, and how do writers capture this feeling of loneliness? Columbia University writing professors share memorable poems on loneliness by Gwendolyn Brooks, Ross Gay, Mary Jo Bang, Aracelis Girmay, Li Po, Ezra Pounds, among others.