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We are now accepting applications to join our editorial board for the upcoming academic year. Members of our board meet weekly to discuss submissions to our magazine, plan events and fundraisers, brainstorm blog pitches, and more. The Columbia Review is the oldest college literary magazine in the country, and has published the likes of John Ashbery,…


Fall (SpaceShipTwo) (Poem)

I am nine miles above you and falling fast once iron groans and peels away from me and strapped   to this rock I am birthed too heavy   there is no air up here and slammed, gut compressed to spine I could not breathe anyway   but for a feather I would still be…

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You Hothouse First (Poem)

  “Special Order Tulips are the only bulbs available for shipping during the early fall months.”—   Tomorrow morning 1 man’s brain puts a million other men’s brains on hold. Tom is my dad’s name and will likely be my son’s, my protagonist’s, my god’s. Feminism works in the ways I say it will. No,…


A Talk with P.J. Sauerteig of Slow Dakota

Though PJ Sauerteig (CC ’15) just graduated a few weeks ago, he has already produced an impressive discography. Under the name Slow Dakota, Sauerteig has released three EPs, and has a fourth one ready to record. A signee of Fort Wayne based Massif Records— Sauerteig himself is a Fort Wayne native– Slow Dakota releases all of…

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The Spring 2015 Issue Is Here

We’d like to thank all of talented contributors for their great work. We would also like to thank the Gatsby Foundation for their generosity. We hope you enjoy reading this issue as much as we enjoyed putting it together.  


On Anthologies (Blog)

My greatest shame is that I own one song from a best-of-Willie-Nelson album. Don’t get me wrong — Willie Nelson is a lovely man, very talented. I don’t happen to know much of his music, aside from the single song I once heard on an easy-listening radio station in rural Maine. I’m not ashamed to…


Jorie Graham at Poets House: A Review (Blog)

This past Tuesday, April 16th, the poet Jorie Graham shared selected poems from her new collection From the New World at Poets House in Tribeca. Graham, the former chancellor of the Academy of American Poets, who currently teaches at Harvard, spoke candidly and wisely on how temporality, identity, and place have shaped her life as…


The Sonnet is Not Dead (Blog)

Sonnet 154   The little Love-god lying once asleep, Laid by his side his heart-inflaming brand, Whilst many nymphs that vowed chaste life to keep Came tripping by; but in her maiden hand The fairest votary took up that fire Which many legions of true hearts had warmed; And so the General of hot desire…


“The Woman in Gold” at the Neue Galerie: A Review (Blog)

Klimt’s “Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I” is certainly beautiful. It features a doe-eyed woman surrounded by and enclosed in gold, her hands clasped together awkwardly as if to avoid dirtying her glowing drapery. It is the central painting of the new exhibition, “The Woman in Gold” at the Neue gallery on the Upper East Side.…


Junkspace: What The Mall Might Teach Us (Blog)

Rem Koolhaas’ luminescent essay Junkspace decries the mall as the slagheap of America. Gleaming and gaudy, the ill-conceived child of consumerism and commercial architecture, malls across America serve as museums of all the things wrong with American society. Koolhaas points out the problems associated with fast-fashion, the invisibility of the working class, obesity, and the impermanence…