What Kind of Reader Are You: A Riposte

  Ralph Waldo Emerson, in his eulogy for his friend, Henry David Thoreau, couldn’t help remarking that “a certain habit of antagonism defaced his earlier writings—a trick of rhetoric not quite outgrown in his later.” This trick of rhetoric has … Continued

Explain Yourself or Vanish: Mary Ruefle’s Trances of the Blast

The poems in Ruefle’s eleventh collection hover at the edge of the secret, on the cusp of either annihilation or fusion, steeped in both the hope and fear of realizing “both at the same time.”

Omnidawn Publishing

Rusty Morrison writes about the ethos and history of the experimental press Omnidawn which she co-founded in 2001.


-ing on
buildings stained
by time

Antipodean Encounters: Watching Richard Flanagan in Conversation

Speaking mostly to an audience of undergraduates, Flanagan talked about literature, about politics, about his great love, the environment, and was candid when questions from the audience stumped him. “I don’t know,” he replied when someone asked him how individuals could learn to be more sustainable and how he made himself sustainable. “I don’t think I’m sustainable at all. I’m a trashy human being.”

Welcome to The Water Closet

The Water Closet opens its doors on Wave Composition’s very first birthday and the release of Issue 5. It also opens its doors, for the journal’s first time, to comments from you, our readers.

Three Poems

Days that opened into windows,

Windows that opened
Upon the vistas
You posit behind each syllable

tl;dr – the possibilities of an illegitimate critical practice

What would happen if we could renounce our desire for critical legitimacy and if we could admit that sometimes we can’t remember what we are talking about? What if we weren’t trying to justify ourselves? What are the possibilities of an illegitimate critical practice? And what would it look like?