Tag Archives: Lea C. Deschenes

‘Against the blackened sky’: Our 2016 Pushcart Prize nominees

Those that don’t learn the lessons of history are doomed to repeat it. Consequently, those that do learn the lessons of history are also doomed to repeat it, because honestly, we only need to watch … Continue reading

Journeys Through the Underworld in Ai’s “Reunions with a Ghost”

By Lea C. Deschenes

“Reunions with a Ghost” by Ai, read by Lea C. Deschenes

By titling her poem “Reunions with a Ghost,” Ai foreshadows the poem’s connections with the myths of Odysseus, Orpheus, and Innana. All three … Continue reading

The Fifth Wall: Strategies of the Self in Ginsberg, Plath, Neruda & Rilke

By Lea C. Deschenes


Most people are familiar with the theatrical convention of “The Fourth Wall,” an invisible barrier between a play’s audience and actors. As with any convention, the strictness … Continue reading

From the “Next … Magazine” Files

Compiled by G. Murray Thomas

Next … Magazine covered the Southern California poetry scene on monthly basis from 1994 through 1998. In the process, it provided a ground-level view of a transitional period in poetry, in SoCal and nationally. “From … Continue reading