The Hunger Artist, 2013
Scratchboard, ink, and gouache
Introduction, by John Emil Vincent
Two years ago, when we were first planning this issue to celebrate the
fiftieth anniversary of the UMass MFA program for Poets & Writers, we
batted around all sorts of ideas about how to canvass alums in an
effort to represent the program as rigorously as possible.
If Only, a poem by Marianne Boruch
How certain mice in winter's tall grass
wildly off and on
ultraviolet because the red-shouldered hawk sees
delicious in that dim, one very hungry
x-ray machine on the prowl,
the hawk sort of a genius. Poor mouse never
to imagine its own deadly brilliance or
a chance to change places . . .