Dorthe Nors's SO MUCH FOR THAT WINTER comes out next month, and five lucky readers will receive free copies signed by the author! Subscribe to A PUBLIC SPACE for a chance to win!

Gretchen Marquette's debut poetry collection May Day arrives this week, just in time for the spring celebration that partially inspired its name. Here Gretchen shares how this day—in particular, the way it is experienced in her Minneapolis neighborhood—has influenced her life and work.

“A short talk with a long list inside it. . .” We're thrilled to share here Robert Polito's recent address at AWP 2016 in LA, in which he praises the power of works that “operate along the seams of poetry, fiction, and essay”

Sjohnna McCray’s debut collection of poems, Rapture, releases this week, and he shares here his formative experience in a creative writing workshop led by the poet Henri Cole.

of the Week
May 23, 2016
John Burnside

This poem is just as melancholy as its title promises, but so, so lovely, with its flowers and birdsong and fading light. In its articulations of the various paradoxes of loving, and growing away from, it takes its leave of the reader by means of another paradox still: how it's what cannot be said that means most to us. — Susannah Sharpless, editorial assistant

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