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SEROnline: New Poetry from Adrian Matejka

Photo by Stephen Sproll

Adrian Matejka

We are delighted to present an SEROnline exclusive, “Sounds in Sequential Order (Edit),” a long poem at the center of Matejka’s latest collection, Map to the Stars (Penguin). For more information and to preorder the collection, visit Adrian online at adrianmatejka.com.


 Music of the Spheres

Frequencies get lean out here, echoing like abandoned ghosts

rattling the forgotten umbrellas & coatless hangers in the front

hall closet. Everyone just ghosted the minute the summonses

                                           came & the exodus sounded like the stars Jansky didn’t mean

                                           to record while he tried to fix the telephone lines. This part

                                           of the sphere doesn’t have working phones, so where do we go

                                           next? To the rooms of vacant advice & gilded paintings where

                                           the have-it-alls live? To their quadrophonic systems & wood-

                                           cheeked speakers? A golden record in a pulsar map & binary

                                           arithmetic plays at 16 2/3 RPM as the record changer stacks

                                           requests for traveling music. One LP settling on top of another

                                           LP, a platter of orbits for the rest of the intergalactic Voyagers.

Read more…

Volume 35.1 has arrived!

Between these two covers, dear readers of The Southeast Review, observe the world. 
Our writers are in Pakistan. They are in Mississippi. They are in Greece, Abilene, Serbia, and by each Midwestern lake. Elizabeth Tannen considers the properties of home from NYC to LA, Samuel Piccone gathers moon dust, and Norman Dubie waits in Trow Hill, Vermont. 
Also in Volume 35.1 of The Southeast Review…
Read the contest-winning work of Chelsea Dingman, Thomas J. McConnell, and Gwen Holt
Artists Yi Xiao Chen and SER Art Editor Kelly Butler challenge conventional beauty.
Poet Ezra Dan Feldmen and SER Assistant Editor Dorothy Chan discuss the role of poetry in revolution.

Book reviews for Jürgen Becker’s Blackbirds in September: Selected Shorter Poems, Athena Farrokhad’s White Blight, Kamel Daoud’s The Meursault Investigation, Phillip B. Williams’ Thief in the Interior, Oliver Bendorf’s The Spectral Wilderness, Camille Rankine’s Incorrect Merciful Impulses, and Amy Gustine’s You Should Pity Us Instead

…and much, much more.


The staff and contributors of The Southeast Review are proud to bring you Volume 35.1. 

Review: A Gentleman in Moscow

Elegantly crafted and dazzlingly clever, Amor Towles’s novel A Gentleman in Moscow transcends the often gloomy descriptions of Soviet-era Russia to create a world both insulated from the outside world and endlessly influenced by it. While many novels set in tumultuous 1920s Moscow spend considerable time on the metropolis and the daily lives of citizens, Towles instead retreats into one of the last vestiges of a bygone era: the Hotel Metropol. A grand dame of a hotel, it acts as the stage for Alexander Rostov, one of the most memorable protagonists of recent years.
Read the rest of Megan Tilley’s review here.

Author Q&A: Piyali Bhattacharya

Piyali Bhattacharya

Piyali Bhattacharya is Writer-in-Residence at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. Her work has appeared in Ploughshares, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, National Geographic and many others. She is the editor of the anthology Good Girls Marry Doctors: South Asian American Daughters on Obedience and Rebellion which was awarded a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, was named an “Asian American Literary Achievement of 2016” by NBC News, and was listed as a “Best Nonfiction Book of 2016” by Entropy Magazine. She is currently working on her first novel, an excerpt from which was awarded the 2015 Peter Straub Award for Fiction.

Read Piyali Bhattacharya’s interview with SER Fiction Editor, Misha Rai here.