The Rules is the latest from Third Wednesday contributor, James Scruton, author of two full collections and five chapbooks of poems. He is the recipient of many awards for his work, including the Frederick Bock Prize from Poetry magazine, the Grayson Books Chapbook Competition, and the Finishing Line Press Prize in Poetry.
Lenny DellaRocca is founder and co-publisher of South Florida Poetry Journal-SoFloPoJo. Winner of the 2017 Yellow Jacket Chapbook contest, Things I See in the Fire, DellaRocca is also a Pushcart nominee. His work has appeared in Third Wednesday, Seattle Review, Wisconsin Review, Poet Lore and other fine journals.
“…DellaRocca does what all good drivers (and poets) should do- he steers into the skid.” – Denise Duhamel
Laura Schulkind’s new chapbook, The Long Arc of Grief, (Finishing Line Press) was released in August, 2019. This collection tells stories of grief impelled by the loss of her parents. It also move beyond her own grief, exploring how we support those we love in their grief, and ultimately how we all not merely carry on, but live.
Laura Schulkind‘s work radiates intelligence, compassion and a nuanced understanding of what it means to be a daughter, a mother and a friend. She’s a fearless truth-teller, shining the light of her poetic language on details we well might have missed otherwise–the small, miraculous moments of discovery, heartbreak and redemption. –Barbara Quick, Author of Vivald
Laura Schulkind’s new book, The Long Arc of Grief addresses the sorrow of loss and even the anxiety and sorrow of impending loss. But also present in these well-crafted and touching poems is great affection and devotion, and a wonderful generosity of spirit which lift the poems and the reader up. –Rafaella Del Bourgo, Author of I Am Not Kissing You, and Inexplicable Business: Poems Domestic and Wild.
Laura Schulkind’s newest collection of poems The Long Arc of Grief dazzles in the scope of life experiences she shares. In the telling of these stories she uses seemingly inconsequential details to capture the moments when our hearts are pierced by misfortune. –Irma Herrera, Playwright/Solo Performer, Why Would I Mispronounce My Own Name?, (Best of Festival, 2017 San Francisco Fringe Festival)
Laura Schulkind, attorney by day, is entrusted with others’ stories. Through poetry she tells her own. She has two chapbooks, The Long Arc of Grief, and Lost in Tall Grass (Finishing Line Press). Her work can also be seen at: www.lauraschulkind.com, along with musings on why “lawyer-poet” isn’t an oxymoron.
Traversing the urban geographies of the Middle East, South Asia, and Europe, Cityscapes offers searing and intimate portraits of Damascus, Yerevan, Hyderabad, Delhi, Isfahan, and many other cities through the lens of war, peace, love, and despair. The collection opens with poems about the cosmos, before moving to earthly urban topographies, and concludes in a series of still lives chronicling urban spaces. Gould combines the insight of someone who has resided in the geographies she describes with a poetic gift for generalizing her personal experience. Includes original photography of Palestine (Gaza and the West Bank), India, and Armenia.
Rebecca Ruth Gould is the author of the award-winning monograph Writers & Rebels (Yale University Press, 2016). She has translated many books from Persian and Georgian, including After Tomorrow the Days Disappear: Ghazals and Other Poems of Hasan Sijzi of Delhi (Northwestern University Press, 2016) and The Death of Bagrat Zakharych and other Stories by Vazha-Pshavela (Paper & Ink, 2019). A Pushcart Prize nominee, she was a finalist for the Luminaire Award for Best Poetry (2017) and for Lunch Ticket’s Gabo Prize (2017). This is her first poetry collection.
Published by Alien Buddha Press, Cityscapes is available at