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100th Volume Retrospective: On a Terrace of Nails by Mark Statman

Today we return to prose with this work by Mark Statman. Since being published in the Columbia Review, he has published four of his own poetry collections and translated poetry from Spanish. On a Terrace of Nails by Mark Statman I. Open Traffic These are gray bricks outside the window, moving in and pouring themselves…

100th Volume Retrospective: Untitled by Kate Farrell

Kate Farrell has taught poetry in nursing homes, in public schools, and at Columbia. She has published multiple books, including poetry anthologies coauthored with Kenneth Koch. Untitled by Kate Farrell Most of all, her hairsmells like shampoocatching on shouldersthen waves dark brownnearly to her waist.Her neck is so straight, and thin that onecan imagine her…

100th Volume Retrospective: Albuquerque by Frank Lima

Frank Lima had already published his own poetry collections by the time this poem was published in the Review. He received an MFA from Columbia. Albuquerque by Frank Lima The air moved across the sky like a giant as three men escaped into the desert. They became the figures of intimacy, like the mountain tops.…

100th Volume Retrospective: Perfect Timing by Diane Mehta

Diane Mehta is a freelance journalist and writer. She has previously published a book on writing poetry, and her debut poetry collection, Forest with Castanets, will be published in 2019. Perfect Timing by Diane Mehta   Imagine a moving train that gathers velocity in increasing intervals of distance and time, wind blowing from the northwest at…

100th Volume Retrospective: Nature Mort by Jim Jarmusch

Jim Jarmusch, a former editor of The Columbia Review, is a director, screenwriter, and actor. He won the Caméra d’Or prize at the 1984 Cannes Film Festival for his first major film Stranger than Paradise. Most recently, his film Paterson was in competition for the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 2016. Nature Mort by Jim Jarmusch   the…

100th Volume Retrospective: Abraham’s Tent by Paul Spike

Today we have our first prose piece in the retrospective series. It was written by Paul Spike, now known best for his memoir Photographs of my Father, which he published six years after this was printed in our magazine. Abraham’s Tent by Paul Spike   Abraham was not the clock on the wall of his…

100th Volume Retrospective: Poem by Tory Dent

The Columbia Review printed this work by Tory Dent while she was studying at Barnard College. She later published three volumes of poetry and received numerous awards and honors, such as the James Laughlin Award in 1999 for HIV, Mon Amour, which described her struggle with the disease. Dent passed away in 2005. Poem by…

100th Volume Retrospective: Racing to the Coast by Leslie Gottesman

Today’s poem was written by Leslie Gottesman, who went on to become a professor of English at Golden Gate University. Racing to the Coast by Leslie Gottesman   The face fragments stumble past the sleep station The children are stamping to get to the home station We place the morning station carefully in the locked Japanese…

100th Volume Retrospective: Atonement by Mary Morris

As a countdown to the release of the first issue of our 100th volume on December 14th, we will be posting pieces every day from previous issues over the years. Our first piece was written by Mary Morris, who went on to earn the Rome Prize in Literature and publish many novels, memoirs, and story collections. She…

Announcement: The Columbia Review’s 100th Volume Literary Prizes!

The Columbia Review is excited to announce that we are offering one-time prizes to celebrate the first issue in our 100th Volume during the Fall 2018 semester. There will be three categories — Poetry, Prose, and Translation — as outlined below. The Kenneth Koch Prizes in Prose and Poetry will be awarded to one prose…