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Allison Cardon has a tremendous essay on Anne Boyer in the new Tripwire.

Maria Garcia Teutsch included a few of my poems in her final issue of Homestead Review. This isn’t the first time MGT has published my work. It’s good to be known, better for me, lately, to be remembered. Firsts and lasts: Mark Lamoureux was in this final issue. A fun little issue of Lamoureux’s Cygist Press was my first meaningful publication. In my first browse through, I was struck by poems from Joanna Penn Cooper, Dylan Krieger, Joanna Fuhrman,  Alich Rosenthal, and adrian nichols.

My poems are from a cluster I wrote alongside a big academic project, following the research and autoethnography in my last book, Someone’s Utopia. Working to get the MS done this summer. It will have some sort of center in the city of Buffalo, I think.

Lines from my poems:


…You are preparation

getting away with it, cutting

banks, trespassing, giving


all you were hired to sell

“Lv Poem”: “There are small flowers sprouting / from the moss in my tendons and they are turning / their heads to you. You are buying vegan mayonnaise / and doing jumping jacks. I am so bent out of shape / I am missing those jumping jacks and Buffalo”

“2029 Buffalo Alt Ending 3”: “Harper Bishop became mayor, threw up / shots with stoned teens and undid  / the whole executive branch/spectacular decider thing.”


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Joe Hall is the author of five books of poetry, including Someone's Utopia (2018) and Fugue & Strike (forthcoming). His poems, reviews, and scholarship have appeared in Poetry Daily, The Academy of American Poets Poem-A-Day, Postcolonial Studies, Peach Mag,, PEN America Blog, Poetry Northwest, Ethel Zine, Gulf Coast, Best Buds! Collective, and Eighteenth-Century Fiction. He has taught poetry workshops for teachers, teens, and workers through Just Buffalo and the WNYCOSH Worker Center.

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