SKR Issue 7.1

Releases 8/1/2019

 

From the Editor

scott
Cairns

In an age when so few take care with how language is used, and when so few seem to care that so little care is taken, one might find a necessary measure of consolation and of hope in the painstakingly well shaped lines that our poets offer.  This issue of Saint Katherine Review is devoted to sharing what our poets have offered.  As genres go, we generally understand fiction to be focused upon the art of narration, of telling a story; we generally understand drama to be focused upon the art of human interaction; and we understand exposition—essays, etc.—to be focused upon the art of argument, of presenting a point.  In each of these genres, the language serves as a carefully shaped vehicle for something else—a previously conceived tale, or a prior event, or a prior idea. 

While poetry is understood to be yet another genre, it is best understood as not being the vehicle for something else.  Poetry, after all, is understood to be focused upon the art of language itself, language, as such.  

Long ago, I ceased to think of poetry as a way to express what I previously wanted to say, and began, instead, to understand poetry to be the scene of meaning-making, the place where I—attending primarily to language as such—might glimpse my words leading me to seeing what I did not know to seek, saying what I had not known to say. 

Enjoy these scenes of meaning-making in the pages that follow, and trust your own attention to language to serve in opening these texts to apprehend what necessary consolations they avail.

—Scott Cairns, Director of the Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing at Seattle Pacific University, Editor Emeritus for St. Katherine Review.

Poetry by

MICAH Bhachech
DMITRY Blizniuk
MARYANN Corbett
JESSICA Fischoff
DA Gray
 EVAN Gurney
CHARLES Hughes
SARAH Law
MICHAEL Lyle
KATE Maynard

CHARLES Musser
JEREMY Reed
LISA Rhoades
WHITNEY Rio-Ross
SIAVASH Saadlou
AUSTIN Segrest
BRENT Short
RICHARD Spillman
WILLIAM Woolfit

 

Book Briefs by

EIGHTh DAY Books

In Issue 7.1

Photo 4

written by SARAH Law

 

Madame Besnier takes the portrait

three short days before she enters-

 

she is fifteen, her tresses twined

up in a bun. Her blue dress hugs

 

her body in a way she will foreswear,

her hands are demure; her face bright. 

 

Later, Céline will slim her spine

with artist’s gouache – to an arch,

 

tighten her image

to sanctity’s pattern

 

like and unlike the Thérèse she knew.

Thérèse herself looks straight ahead:

 

smiling – at the camera’s examen

and the dark veil that surrounds it.

A Remnant

written by WHITNEY Rio-Ross

Between your silence and 

stories I remember to tell myself

are the pages where I tried

to stitch you together: scraps

loosely tied by love, not

enough to hold your shape.

 

Still, I unwind the words

I spun and hope to find

your fraying edges, tug myself

into their knotted center—

but some tangles feel

too forgotten to trust.

 

I’ve heard that faith

is a practice of memory.

But memory, I’m finding,

is a kind of accident−

our threads caught by truth,

to bind, tear, mend,

unravel.