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Contributions by Christine Byl:

“2015 Haiku Year-in-Review”

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Editor’s Note: On Electricity and the Contrapuntal Poem Waves, currents, the movement of time and actions. 2015 was charged with many moments that felt big. Here, those currents surge up into poems, assert their energy, spark memory. Looking at the submissions for this year’s haiku, the conversation among the stories and issues—from natural disasters to climate change talks to the refugee crisis to Black Lives Matter and broader questions of social justice and responsibility—began to …

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“Circus: Spotlight on the Ring”

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Collaborators’ Q&A Did the visual artist refract any element of the poem that made you see the story differently? Writer Christine Byl: It really made explicit to me the tension in the story between a kind of surficial brightness—the colors and innate weird joy in a circus—and then the dark undertone of violence and dread. I saw that duality in the art, for sure, and it augmented the feel in the story. In what sense …