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Bull Pen: 29 February 2016

An extra day— Like the painting’s fifth cow, who looks out directly, straight toward you, from inside her black and white spots. An extra day— Accidental, surely: the made calendar stumbling over the real as a drunk trips over a threshold too low to see. An extra day— With a second cup of black coffee. “February 29” Jane Hirshfield, 1953 Welcome to the Leap Day edition of the Bull Pen, where each week we round up good news, including links to new poems, essays,…

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BULL PEN: 08 August 2016

Your regularly scheduled Bull Pen will not be seen at this time. I am away at the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference in the beautiful Vermont mountains.  Bull Pen will return the last week of August with a rousing round up of all the great good news from BCP friends and family. — Noah Stetzer P.S. In the meantime, note that the on-sale date for Tiana Clark’s EQUILIBRIUM, the 2016 winner of the Frost Place Chapbook Competition, is set for September 2, 2016. Pre-order EQUILIBRIUM for only 10.00!…

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BULL PEN: 07 November 2016

preorder WHAT ARE WE NOT FOR from Tommye Blount coming in 12/5 Welcome the this week’s BULL PEN where we gather good news about our BCP friends and family. If you have good news to share send it my way at noah.stetzer@gmail.com –Noah Stetzer   Emma Bolden, contributor to INCH 23, 19, 6, & 3, has an essay, “The Shalt Nots” published at Longridge Review. Hannah Rubin, participant in the Grind Daily Writing Series, has an essay, “Last Night We Ate…

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BULL PEN: 06 September 2016

Welcome to this week’s BULL PEN where we celebrate the great good news of BCP friends and family. This week, we are thrilled that Tiana Clark’s EQUILIBRIUM has officially begun shipping–your copy will be arriving soon if it hasn’t already. Good reading to you! — Noah Stetzer   …Tiana Clark’s Equilibrium is almost impossible to draw a conclusion about. It belongs to that rarest category of poetry collections – one where the name is impossible to extricate from not just…

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BULL PEN: 05 December 2016

“Intimate, honeyed with grace, the poems in What Are We Not For make visible love’s constraints. Lovers dive into the carnal, but emerge slick and singed. A son yearns for a father’s acceptance. Men cruise the night and dating apps only to find ‘delectable poison’ and racist fantasies. All this seeking and yearning is sheltered in lines that are incisive and sensual. Tommye Blount is one of my favorite emerging poets. In his hands, language becomes ‘a call of danger’ and ‘a call / of ecstasy.’ He’s…

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