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Apocalypse Now: Reading Severance in the Time of Coronavirus

Severance / Ling Ma / Picador, 05/2019 – $17 (Paperback) The routine has become automatic. In the mornings I stand bleary-eyed at the counter and wait for the kettle’s wail. I look at emails for work or articles for class or ads for eco-friendly activewear. It doesn’t matter. There are classes in the afternoon, and…

Prompts for Quarantine

In response to the quarantine, The Columbia Review editorial board will share every other day a series of prompts, which we hope will inspire our readers. 1. Think about space. Think about the space that separates you from the computer, the space that separates you from the outside world. How does the space feel that…

Loneliness and Fiction

I woke up on a Monday with the feelings I get too often: feelings of wrongness and sadness and fear. The ones that tell me I am quite alone because such a feeling is too cruel to be human and therefore, I am the only alien on earth who can feel it at all. I…

Selected Works by Women Writers: A Recommended Reading List

In honor of International Women’s Day, the board has put together a list of works written by women that we feel people should be reading more. Enjoy! Gertrude Stein – “Melanctha” “Stein wrote ‘Melanctha’ in an immensely innovative style that removes narrative authority and places plot firmly in present tense. The novel rejected the conventional…

Kenneth Koch Poetry Prize Winners

Congratulations to the recipients of the Kenneth Koch Poetry Prize in honor of our 100th volume: Mackenzie Turgeon CC’21 for her poem “American Studies for Black Kids” and Morgan Levine CC’22 for her poem “Ballad for O’Keefe Finding an Angel in a Canyon.”

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: 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…