Recent Entries:

  • November 29th, 2017

    The death of Marlena Joyner – perhaps by drowning, perhaps not – is revealed at the outset of Julie Buntin’s first novel Marlena. The story is told by Catherine or “Cat,” a 32-year old librarian in New York who recalls a mere eight-month period that had occurred 18 years previously.

  • November 13th, 2017

    Hunter of Stories by Eduardo Galeano, translated by Mark Fried (Nation Books/Hachette)
    Concerto al-Quds by Adonis, translated by Khaled Mattawa (Yale University Press)
    Magnetic Point: Selected Poems 1968-2014, by Ryszard Krynicki, translated by Clare Cavanagh (New Directions)

  • November 9th, 2017

    The ilium is one of the most prominent structural parts of the human body. Its crest forms the broad upper edge of the pelvis. Every med school rookie knows its name and function. Strangely, the unnamed narrator of The Iliac Crest, an experienced physician at the Serenity Shores Sanatorium, is unable to recall the name of this most obvious bone.

  • November 7th, 2017

    Welcome back to “Poets Recommend,” The Seawall’s semi-annual poetry feature, posted here in April and November. This season, eight poets write briefly on some of their favorite recently published titles. Scroll down to read. The commentary includes:

    Dean Rader

    on Unaccompanied by Javier Zamora (Copper Canyon Press)

  • October 27th, 2017

    Just after the 1959 publication of his second collection of poems, Saint Judas, James Wright said, “What I would like is a poetry in our own language that is not so weighed down by guilt toward the past, which is able to contain images of what is real to us and belongs to us, and which is sometimes happy.” He strove unceasingly for the next twenty years to make poems with these quali

  • October 25th, 2017

    In Paris, the term hôtel particulier describes a grand residence with an interior courtyard, often owned by nobility from the countryside who would stay there while visiting the city. Many of these “townhouses” were constructed in the 1600’s.