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Exclusive! A Q&A with Hugh Martin

Greetings, BOA readers! I'm Mckayla, one of the fall interns at BOA Editions. It was my great pleasure to sit down over email with Poulin Prize-winner and Iraq War veteran Hugh Martin to ask him a few questions about his experience serving overseas as well as his newest book, In Country.   When did you write the first poem for this collection? Did you start writing any of these poems while you were serving in Iraq? How has your process changed since you started writing these poems? While in Iraq, I did not write any poems but did keep a journal with very detailed...

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Poem of the Week: November 11, 2018

Hello readers! Every week, BOA's staff and interns share one of our favorite poems from our over 300 collections of poetry. In honor of Veterans Day, this week's poem is from Hugh Martin's brand new collection, In Country. Stay tuned to the BOA Blog for an exclusive interview on with Hugh Martin about his new book tomorrow. Service  Bright with light, the flagripples on the Jumbotronas they ask those who’ve servedto stand. Stand to behonored. Stand for us to showour appreciation. Please,stand. Come on, stand,my friend Sal says. So I standwith other men who standin ball caps & button-up jerseysin the many sections...

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Poem of the Week: November 5, 2018

Hello readers! Every week, BOA's staff and interns share one of our favorite poems from our over 300 collections of poetry. In the spirit of civic engagement and the American ideal of a government of the people, by the people, and for the people, this week's poem is a selection from Christian Barter's Bye-Bye Land: a book-length symphonic poem on the hopes and fears of America at the dawn of the 21st century. A selection from "Part I: The Warm Land" They strolled the campuses. They stood in chapels. They stood in chapels, under the huge stained glass. They drifted in silent, powerful automobiles....

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Poem of the Week: October 22, 2018

Hello readers! Every week, BOA's staff and interns share one of our favorite poems from our over 300 collections of poetry. This week's poem is from Craig Morgan Teicher's Lenore Marshall Award-winning collection, The Trembling Answers.  Self-Portrait as the Man I’ve Become When did I grow so fastidious? When did I learnto use spreadsheets? There was no particular day; it happened in my thirties, that mostly pleasant pathbetween youth and whatever’s up next.Two deer appeared suddenly in our backyard today; I practically yelledeveryone to the window. They ateleaves from our rented treesand soon moved on. Simonewas amazed, Cal smiled. When did the deer...

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Poem of the Week: October 15, 2018

Hello readers! Every week, BOA's staff and interns share one of our favorite poems from our over 300 collections of poetry. This week's poem is from The Smoke of Horses by Charles Rafferty, which was recently named as a finalist for the 2018 Connecticut Book Awards. Reflection I followed a creek’s quarter mile of crashing over rocks and algae andthe blurred darting of minnows, until it paused at a pool so well-stoppedit looked more like air than water: a sky of contrails, clod-shaped hunksof cumulus. I stepped in and saw the presence of my body disrupt theheavens at my feet. I couldn’t find the...

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