blackbirdonline journalSpring 2019  Vol. 18 No. 1
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ISSN 1540-3068



Blackbird publishes new issues twice a year. On this page, we wish to point you toward some of the content you may have missed but which still lives in our Archives.

Claudia Emerson   Claudia Emerson
Blackbird’s relationship with Claudia Emerson’s work began in v1n2 with a review of Pinion, her second book. Four poems from the Pulitzer Prize–winning collection Late Wife appeared in v2n1. Her other Blackbird appearances included the title poems for Secure the Shadow in v9n1 and The Opposite House in v12n1. In addition to presenting two previously unpublished poems, v18n1 also marks the fourth appearance of the Claudia Emerson Reading Loop, an annual Feature that aims to support her legacy as a poet and a mentor.
T.R. Hummer   T.R. Hummer
T.R. Hummer has appeared in many issues of Blackbird. Most recently, in addition to a reading in this issue with Gregory Donovan and Michele Poulos, five of his poems appeared in v15n2 and his review-essay on the album The Poetry of Jazz by Philip Levine and Benjamin Boone (Origin Records, 2018), titled “Body Swayed to Music: Levine among the Musicians,” was published in v17n2.
Marilyn Nelson   Marilyn Nelson
Marilyn Nelson’s translations of three poems from the book Den trettende måned by Danish fiction writer and poet Inge Pederson appeared in Blackbird v1n1. Nelson herself has published more than twenty volumes of poetry, other works in translation, and award-winning collections of poetry for children. Her translation of “Clouds and Fire Engines,” an excerpt from Pederson’s last novel, The Road Leads Through the Air (Gladiator, 2017), appears in v18n1.
David Wojahn   David Wojahn
In this issue David Wojahn contributes another of his essays on poetry—this time on poetry and parenthood—adding to those previously published in Blackbird, including “‘On Hearing That My Poems Were Being Studied in a Distant Place’: Thoughts on Distance, Difficulty, and Secret Addresses” in v15n1, as well as “Unlikely Magic (on Airmail: The Letters of Robert Bly and Tomas Tranströmer)” in v12n2.

Contributors with Books in Blackbird
Norman Dubie   Norman Dubie
Blackbird has published the entirety of Norman Dubie’s The Spirit Tablets at Goa Lake, a book-length futurist poem, issued serially in three parts, beginning with the “Book of the Jewel Worm” in v1n2. It was followed by the other two sections, “Book of the Jaspers” and “The Book of Crying Kanglings,” in v2n1 and v2n2, as well as a helpful introduction and glossary.
Wesley Gibson   Wesley Gibson
Wesley Gibson is remembered in this issue with a second installment from his memoir, You Are Here: A Memoir of Arrival (Back Bay Books, 2004), which Blackbird is publishing in serial form. The first installment appeared in v17n1. The book is an important memorial to the HIV/AIDS crisis, which Gibson witnessed from its beginnings in New York City. A review of You Are Here and a reading by Gibson of an excerpt from the book were published in v3n1. Other Blackbird publications by Gibson include his short story “The Raccoon” in v10n2.
Tomas Tranströmer   Tomas Tranströmer
Nobel Prize–winning author Tomas Tranströmer’s 1996 book Sorgegond olen (Sorrow Gondola), in a new translation by Patty Crane and accompanied by the original Swedish, was published in Blackbird in v10n1. In the same issue, Jean Valentine published a letter to the Nobel laureate, and in v12n2 David Wojahn provided a compelling meditation on literary friendship and correspondence in “Unlikely Magic, (on Airmail: The Letters of Robert Bly and Tomas Tranströmer).”