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On the cover: Viscous

Cover art by: Melissa Coyle

Poetry Only: Hair

Spring 2017 · Vol. 39 No. 4

This Poetry Only issue features poetry about hair. The thirty-six voices collected in this issue offer a fantastical tangle of the tresses: Tracy Hamon tests relational trimmings and partings in “Examination”; Tanis MacDonald’s “Shornography” texturizes with edge; Chloë Catán cuts with teeth. From the fine, almost imperceptible hairs in Donna J. Gelagotis Lee’s “Hot Breath” to the grainy snares in Seren Gagne’s “Porcelain Clown,” hair is both process and memory, barrier and passage. These are poems that listen across bodies and botanies, creatures and lands, teasing the cultural through to the elemental and back again.