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Before Surgery

Keep it on the DL, but a little bird told us Dorianne Laux might appear in our Summer 2016 issue. In celebration of these rumors, here is one of her fine poems from Issue 48. In another life you might hear the song of your neighbor clipping the hedges, a sound oddly pleasant, three coarse […]

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Your Horoscope by Blakely and Jorg

As accurate now as it was when it first appeared in Tin House Issue 33: Fantastic Women. Aries—A harsh wind blows on the ram this year and heavy wool socks are strongly recommended. Hot potatoes work well too, and yelling at your delinquent daughters, who will pierce their tongues after the first Virgo moon. Taurus—Get a […]

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Heaven

1. It’s a book full of ghost children, safely dead, where dead means hidden, or wanting or not wanting to be known.   2. Heaven is symmetric with respect to rotation. It’s beautiful when one thing changes while another thing remains the same.   3. Fading redundnacies. Feathery runs. Alternate wisps. Imaginary sprung striations. Imaginary meaning […]

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Nite Nite

None of the dolls could sleep. The braided rug dreamt of being a traveling companion. The snow stopped, briefly, on its way past the window. The mother and father did not touch each other, but each felt they could hear laughter coming from China, and the child felt knocked by the earth, and though she […]

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Uses of the Elegiac, with Amy Gerstler

“How far can/will the elegy stretch?” Amy Gerstler asked our workshop participants this July. “Are there limits to what conventional or unconventional elegy can mourn, memorialize, honor, metabolize, question? Are there angry, comic, upbeat and/or love elegies? How about some stealth elegies?” In her quest to find out, Gerstler examined poems from Terrance Hayes, Li […]

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In the Museum of What I’ve Been Thinking

This whole night was Cannot Sleep and so you watched the bedroom window in the mirror and waited. Curtains rose and fell. Imagined sailing, and for a minute the bed was a boat to pilot, but the floor’s stagnant water and you ran aground. Outside, the streets are dark and darker. When I say you […]

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The Best Greek God Is Us

THE BEST GREEK GOD IS US a few seconds ago I was watching a video in which the head of a person. crossing a street was cut off from the frame to make the viewer  wonder. whether it was a man or a woman or a human – either way I thought – well, isn’t […]

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Fire

As we continue to take applications for our upcoming fiction and nonfiction coastal workshops, we have been rolling out a series of posts featuring our stellar faculty. Today we get close to the heat with Nick Flynn’s poem from our Evil Issue. more the idea of the flame than the flame, as in: the flame of […]

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Building The Emotional Image, with Natalie Diaz

“An image is more than what we show our readers–it is story, it is history, it is emotion. When we seek the perfect image, we filter our writing and cut ourselves off from the possibilities of meaning and emotion–the things that make both the writer and the reader feel.”- Natalie Diaz In this craft talk, […]

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Because It’s October

  BECAUSE IT’S OCTOBER and I’m watching ambulance lights bathe a motel and not thinking about the loose glitter my body is, because everything inside me isn’t rattling like a change purse, not splitting into smaller versions of itself, small enough to be threaded through the eye of a needle, I think my brain is […]

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Columbus Day

In tribute to the one Chris Columbus we at Tin House can get behind.

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Winehouse

  From Issue #58, a poem by Kevin Young.   Winehouse   I’m sick of Maybe, my baby daddy. Folks, I’m fed up with loss. With lists. First place with a bullet. My shoulders bear   Valerie, Valerie   a picture of my mother. Let us lose one another, our tattoos the only reminder. Far […]

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I Like Weird-Ass Hippies

When we reach the other world
We will all be hippies
I like your weird-ass spirit stick that you carry around
I like when you rub sage on my door

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Remembering C.K. Williams

I first met Charlie Williams during a poetry festival at Sarah Lawrence College the summer my first book came out. I was there with my brother Michael and our poetry mentors Dorianne Laux and Joseph Millar. I was excited and nervous to meet this man who had written so many poems that seemed to, and […]

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Two Poems: Baby of the Mistaken Hue & It Creeps Back In

  From our Memory Issue, two poems by Patricia Smith. Baby of the Mistaken Hue   Baby of the mistaken hue, child of the wrong nose with its measure unleashed, baby of the nappy knot, I am your mother. Mad at your whole damned face, I swear to the task of torching the regrettable Delta […]

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How to Tell If You Are a Literary Dick Disguised as a Pee You Ess Ess Why

From our recent Tribes issue, Thomas Sayers Ellis slams “the muzzled blank verse of symmetrical whiskers.” How to Tell If You Are a Literary Dick Disguised as a Pee You Ess Ess Why aaa for Walrus   After you’ve feasted on Christians and caesuras, “Style,” is what you call your cage, “Style,” as if, structurally, […]

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The Art of the Sentence: Elizabeth Bishop

Every medium has its limitations, and the central limitation of writing is that readers can only apprehend one word at a time, in order. Because of this, we are denied the grand simultaneities permitted to other arts. A symphonic chord, with its dimensions of harmony and tone color and dynamics and duration, can be heard […]

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When I Was About Your Age

 From our Memory Issue, a poem by Caroline Knox. When I was about your age, ffff my great aunt, who was the librarian of Vassar College, gave me an old navy-blue book, The Oxford Book of English Verse. It was from 1942. Back then, it was amazing that a girl could have a major librarian […]

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Existential Scavenger Hunt

From Issue 44 aaaa Existential Scavenger Hunt aaaa Salt Lake City, I love yr Mormon versions of my favorite gay men, tailored to make me nostalgic for pussy & God!                   Both come in hundreds of flavors—cowboy, purple-haired, crying   at a Sex Pistols concert. I could have loved them all. The purple-haired one tasted […]

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Oyster Bar

As we get set to welcome Will Butler to Portland this Sunday, we thought we’d share his contribution to last year’s Summer issue.   Oyster Bar A businessman blowing an octopus for the pure taste of the sea. A glad man eats a writhing fish— fingernails scrape out a cheek. Through a cut in the […]

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2015 Winner of The Pulitzer Prize for Poetry: Gregory Pardlo

Everyone here at Tin House is excited to give a giant congratulations to Gregory Pardlo upon the announcement of his book “Digest” receiving the 2015 Pulitzer Prize. We were honored to publish his poem “Philadelphia, Negro” in our 2012 Winter issue.   Philadelphia, Negro   Alien-faced patriot in my Papa’s mirrored aviators that reflected a […]

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Game of Totes: A Song of Myself

“I swear to you, sitting a throne is a hundred times harder than winning one.” —some probably dead king Yesterday’s big announcement may have drowned out some of the excitement around Electric Literature and Vol. 1 Brooklyn’s epic Game of Totes competition. The best of the best literary tote bags were brought before a panel […]

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Second Empire

It’s time for another entry in our digital broadside series recognizing poets under thirty years old via poems under thirty lines. This week Richie Hofman brings us the title poem from his upcoming collection. Second Empire   The water, for once, unmetaphysical. Stepping over the stones, you pulling   your shirt over your shoulders. The […]

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Of Amplitude There Is No Scraping Bottom: An Interview with Jane Hirshfield

The poems in Jane Hirshfield’s The Beauty take measured steps across a wooden floor. Rolling between the real and the remembered, the interior and the exterior, The Beauty cuts to the heart of our shared existence.While I’ve always been a fan of the tenderness and mystery in Hirshfield’s work, there’s something about these new poems and essays that go even deeper. Released in tandem […]

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The Do-Over: An Interview With Kathleen Ossip

Kathleen Ossip’s The Do-Over, her fourth book of poems, is a study in poetic crosshatching as it slashes moments of recollection and longing with that of inquiry and curiosity. The speaker functions as a character within her own life, a character in the life of long-lost relatives, (too old for her to remember), and a […]

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