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A Contemplation: The Center Will Not Hold

A Contemplation: The Center Will Not Hold

By Emily Moses   I’ve offered to write about Joan Didion and, as I sit here, watching The Center Will Not Hold for the fourth time in half as many weeks, I regret my offer. I am not sure what I thought I would find […]

Visiting Writer’s Series: Jan Wagner

Visiting Writer’s Series: Jan Wagner

By Vince Granata In advance of Wednesday’s Visiting Writer event, I had the opportunity to ask Jan Wagner several questions about his new collection of poetry, collaborating with David Keplinger, object studies, the challenge of translation, and dachshunds. Join us on Wednesday to continue the conversation with Wagner and […]

Book Review: Ben Lerner’s 10:04

Book Review: Ben Lerner’s 10:04

By Nick Chhoeun “The future which is necessarily a fiction—it literally hasn’t happened yet—so intensely determines the texture of the present. In that sense, we always live in relation to a fiction.” This is how Ben Lerner describes his 2014 novel, 10:04, in an interview with The Public […]

Favorite Sentence: I Must Lie Down Where All the Ladders Start

Favorite Sentence: I Must Lie Down Where All the Ladders Start

By Nick Chhoeun I must break the rule slightly because the sentence that stuck out to me when thinking about my favorite sentence is actually two lines from the poem The Circus Animals’ Desertion by W.B Yeats. The lines are, I must lie down where […]

Book Review: Quiereme by Juliana Delgado Lopera

Book Review: Quiereme by Juliana Delgado Lopera

By Yohanca Delgado In Japan, repairing broken pottery is an art form called Kintsugi (“golden joinery”), which uses gold to meld the broken pieces back together. In her book of essays, Quiéreme (“Love Me”), Juliana Delgado Lopera’s outlines the ways in the which the self […]

The Poetry Bot

The Poetry Bot

By Vince Granata  Admittedly, I’m not a twitter aficionado. Admittedly, I have a deep and abiding fear of the looming Singularity. But, with the help of some of my non-luddite friends, I’m coming around to the idea that a marriage of these two—twitter and A.I.—might […]

On Chance the Rapper

On Chance the Rapper

By Nick Chhoeun “Oh no, you’re into that crap, too?” a woman on campus said to me. I was sitting on a bench next to her wearing my Chance the Rapper hat with the word “Coloring Book” on it. She told me her kids listened […]

“A Note in Coltrane’s Love Supreme,” Saying Goodbye to Mary Stone Hanley

“A Note in Coltrane’s Love Supreme,” Saying Goodbye to Mary Stone Hanley

By Jessica Harris    Dear Ms. Mary, You always knew it was me, I guess by the drawl in my voice when I say “miss.”  I’ve tried to write you this letter without crying—­guess that’s why I put it off for so long. But I know […]

Lost in Translation, Writing Memories

Lost in Translation, Writing Memories

By Vince Granata The question–a troubling one I’m still contending with–came out of Italo Calvino’s Invisible Cities. In the novel, Calvino imagines a dialogue between Marco Polo and Kublai Kahn, a back and forth in which Polo describes cities that Kahn believes span his empire. Eventually, Kahn […]

Introducing Jessica Harris

Introducing Jessica Harris

Café MFA is happy to introduce the newest member of our editorial staff. Jessica Harris is in her second-ish year in the MFA program at American University. While she declares no specific track, she tends to write poetry. Her other interests include cooking, music and random adventures.