The Summer 2020 issue contains translations from Italian, Russian and Slovak, poems from American poets Maya C Popa and Jennifer Militello, a long poem by Michael Symmons Roberts, and new work by Michael Longley, Rachael Boast, John McCullough, Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin and Raymond Antrobus, among many, many others. Newcomers to the magazine include Oakley Flanagan, Annie Schumacher, Daisy Thomas and James Connor Patterson.
In this issue’s featured essay, the recent Forward Prize winner Stephen Sexton explores the shifting landscape of elegy. Our other prose feature sees Victoria Adukwei Bulley interview Natalie Diaz, in a rich conversation about form, language, embodiment and basketball. Meanwhile in reviews, Mary Jean Chan reads three new collections that centre female responses to trauma, and Matthew James Holman salutes the ‘energised despair’ of Peter Gizzi and Sean Bonney.