Additional Selections from This Issue

An Interview with Shane McCrae

Amy Wright for Zone 3: What is the function of aesthetic violence? Shane McCrae: I think that varies from artist to artist, and from piece to piece. With the poems I’m writing on Margaret Garner—she

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An Interview with Joe Hall

Amy Wright for Zone 3: How did you get to be the mayor of a trailer park? Joe Hall: Pre-existing condition applied retroactively to several thousands of dollars worth of medical bills helped land me

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An Interview with Eileen G’Sell

Amy Wright for Zone 3: Why were you attracted to your first boyfriend? Eileen G’Sell: It’s hard to say who my first boyfriend really was. The first boy I made out with was Ted Steiling (pronounced “s

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An Interview with Coleman Barks

Amy Wright for Zone 3: You can tell a lot about a poet from his or her favorite joke. Rod Smith’s, for example, is “What does a snail say, riding on the back of a turtle?...................Wheee!”

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A Bubble Coming Up Through Rust by Joe Hall

With the stringy bits of what was left of his hand just cleaned up, I wonder what the hell Buck is doing back. Turns out Buck wants to tell me, Earl, Jeff and Froggy our numbers hit. 21 million big

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Seeds (Isaac Adams) by Shane McCrae

After the war half about half / of Master Sack’s / Negroes they left / the other half

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Who Has the Whip-Hand over Aimless Animals by Patricia Lockwood

Who has the whip-hand over aimless animals, / and who drives them, who makes them triggers / pulled toward each other and head-splitting sound, / who makes them whole, who gave them single horns

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Anniversary by Eileen G’Sell

I have not been charged for the closet that was / filled with birds, / silt, gloves, and the dullness of petals.

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