Cross-Cut: William Butler Yeats

Cross-Cut: William Butler Yeats

By J. Raymond It’s not quite eight o’clock in the morning as I write these words upon a barf bag, thirty-something thousand feet up in the sky. Heading home (West Palm Beach) from my most recent book reading and signing in Boston. I drink a can of bloody Mary mix with...
Cross-Cut: Brecht’s Homelessness

Cross-Cut: Brecht’s Homelessness

By Megan Reynolds Although Bertolt Brecht is widely known for his playwriting and theoretical contributions, his skill as a poet cannot be overlooked or undercut simply because of his talents in other forms of writing. Historical events unfolding at the time of his...
Cross-Cut: William Blake

Cross-Cut: William Blake

By James J. Pulizzi Should we travel to London hoping to pay homage to William Blake’s (1757 – 1827) grave—as we might for Newton, Keats, Wordsworth, or Tennyson—we’ll find a spartan headstone that indicates only his bones lie nearby. Bunhill Fields where...
Cross Cut: On Inheriting the Poems of Steven Reigns

Cross Cut: On Inheriting the Poems of Steven Reigns

By Stephen S. Mills It seems fitting that the first time I met poet Steven Reigns we were in a seedy gay club (and motel) that has been a fixture of the Orlando gay community for forty years. I was living in Orlando at the time and spent many of my nights in that very...
Cross-Cut: The Relevant Paradox of Chidiock Tichborne

Cross-Cut: The Relevant Paradox of Chidiock Tichborne

by Hunter Lee Hughes Imagine an impassioned young man born of a devout family practicing a religion deemed barbaric and false. His equally misunderstood, pious “bro” friends recruit him to do something about the intolerance and injustice of it all. First,...