No, it isn’t a coincidence: The winner of the #IAMCOPING Mainline contest, Russell Jaffe’s beautiful new collection was born by the adopting our publishing namesake, “Civil Coping Mechanisms,” and turning it into a writing prompt. What does it mean to cope? Jaffe took it to heart and has crafted poetry as unique and heartwarming as much as it is devastating. This one’s for the community. Jaffe makes it clear: We’re coping.
“In In This Quiet Church of Night, I Say Amen, Kelly’s poems are crafting the next new reality, because what-ever duende would have had to offer, in terms of wisdom, has passed. Each poem is a breakup with nostalgia. Each poem is an invitation to the reader to accompany him in his search, to be conflicted with him and to come to terms with the burden of creating new normals and new moral codes. It’s about the transfiguration of ideas because the change that these poems seek in flesh conclude that no flesh is left available. These poems in their want and in their searching and in their fear will capture you because each one is a piece of you, too.”
—Keegan Lester, author of this shouldn’t be beautiful but it was & it was all i had so i drew it
“Good love stories aren’t interesting to read about. Thankfully, Dumbheart / Stupidface provides a wonderful reprieve; Wilhelm writes the brutal truths of what it means to love someone with a detached ferocity generally observed in nature, as when a tiger devours a deer. And it is as exciting to watch.”