By Shannon Sankey, for The Fourth River Cornelius Eady is the author of eight poetry collections, including Victims of the Latest Dance Craze, winner of the Lamont Poetry Prize from the Academy of American Poets; The Gathering of
By Beth Royce, Assistant Editor, The Fourth River Joseph Bathanti is the author of ten books of poetry, three novels, a book of short fiction and two books of nonfiction. Originally from Pittsburgh, PA, at 23 he moved to
By Michael Bennett for The Fourth River I had the pleasure of conversing with Adriana E. Ramirez, who visited Chatham for our event, “Dialogues: Writing in Divided Times.” Ramirez is a world-renowned performance poet, and her nonfiction novella Dead
By Beth Royce, Assistant Editor, The Fourth River Ann Pancake writes of Appalachia. Originally from Romney, West Virginia, Pancake’s characters often find their place in a similar climate. She is an accomplished writer in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction,
By Urvashi Bahuguna
A whale fall is the carcass of a whale that has fallen to the ocean floor,
& that sometimes creates complex, localized ecosystems supporting deep sea life.
We have learned to hold the drift
in our jaws, seaweed breathing
from a blowhole. We are the ocean
trying one hand at perpetuity.
Though we feel them reaching for
the place, flashlights rarely locate us,
a slight warmness percolating after
the fact. We have made a shelter
out of a shape. The men low
on oxygen swim down and marvel
at a sleeper shark exiting
a chest. We are reminded of a story:
a ship after a pod of minke whales,
driving them close, too close to
shore. The men don’t resist running hands
along tails that have lost a sharpness.
A squat lobster just startled them. We worry
they will not stay afraid very long.
Urvashi Bahuguna is a poet from India whose work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Nervous Breakdown, Barely South Review, Kitaab, Jaggery, The Four Quarters Magazine and elsewhere. She was recently shortlisted for the Beverly Prize and the Windword Poetry Prize. She has a poetry pamphlet forthcoming from Eyewear Books (UK). She is currently a Writer-in-Residence at PartlyPurple, Bangalore (India).
By Carrie Laben It’s one of the most laid-back forms of fortune telling. No special potions or smokes required, no messy entrails, no cards to shuffle and no tea cups to rinse. Just tip your head back and look
By Karen J. Weyant The road near Benson Pond is always littered with roadkill. Twisted deer legs lie tangled in weeds, dead raccoons are knotted in cattails, and mounds of porcupine quills puncture the air. There’s matted fur and