Kurt Havens and Ryan Dzelzkalns
In this issue we feature two poems with a backwards gaze. They look at past times, extinct species, and the legacy of a much-lionized American leader. Rather than nostalgia, they have a rebellious spirit. Ryan Dzelzkalns's erasure "Teddy Speaks" takes its base text from the writings of Theodore Roosevelt. Each of the poem's four parts are inscribed in the Roosevelt Memorial rotunda in the American Museum of Natural History.