Introduction by Arlene Ang

Introduction by Arlene Ang To steal from Jeffrey Little’s poem, the 17th-anniversary issue of Pedestal, “when it arrives, is worldly.” The eclectic mix of 18 poets and poems we’ve selected makes me think of how the writing world has grown smaller and at the same time more extensive since 2000. It’s an honor and pleasure […]

Brittney Corrigan – Lepidopterist’s Daughter

        Brittney Corrigan is the author of the poetry collection Navigation (The Habit of Rainy Nights Press, 2012) and the chapbook 40 Weeks (Finishing Line Press, 2012). Her poems have appeared widely in journals and anthologies, and she is the poetry editor for the online journal Hyperlexia: poetry and prose about the […]

Karen Volkman’s Whereso, Reviewed by Wynn Yarbrough

Karen Volkman Whereso BOA Editions Reviewer: Wynn Yarbrough Karen Volkman has published books now for over eighteen years. In that time, her four collections of poems have varied in formal arrangements and stylistically in terms of line length and compaction. Her previous releases—Crash’s Law (1998), a mix of forms; Spar (2002), a mixed prose form […]

Introduction and Poems by Stefan Lovasik

Introduction by Stefan Lovasik It has been an honor and a remarkable challenge to narrow all the fine poems down to what is collected here, especially given that there were approximately 3,000 poems submitted for this issue of Pedestal. I sincerely wish we could have published many more. My deep gratitude to John Amen for […]

Katherine Soniat – Orphan Joy

Orphan Joy Send Kuan Yin home to me, her words of compassion pressed between those ancient covers.           Mail her to the wrought-iron number nine nailed to my cottage where geese live all winter.       Know no more urgent words are written than these.      You are silent.            Wait still spilt in blue on my open palm.    And Kuan Yin walked the tracks with […]