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Sample Poems Online: 


"Transmission" in the New York Times Magazine, January 24, 2016 

"A Brief History of the Whale Fishery," Guernica

"Shearwater," New England Review

"Anemones," New England Review

"Aquarius," The Collagist

"Tide Book," Tinderbox Poetry Journal

"Whale Study," Michigan Quarterly Review

"The Sisters," Swarm

"Double Aquarius," Crazyhorse 

"Mistranslation of a Fragment by da Vinci," Literary Imagination 

"Sonogram," cellpoems 

"Of Whales in Paint; in Teeth; in Wood; in Sheet-Iron; in Stone; in Mountains; in Stars," Radar Poetry

"I and Thou," Radar Poetry 

"The Horses," Slate 

"Relic," American Life in Poetry, Ed. Ted Kooser

"Dan Emmett Writes 'Dixie,' 1859," Poetry Foundation 

"My Grandmother Plays Emily in Our Town," Southern Review 

"Portrait of Britney Spears, Kentwood, Louisiana, 1996," StorySouth (orig. in Southern Review

"Fable," From the Fishouse (orig. in PN Review





"Our Road,"

"How Ramona Quimby Helps Kids Make Sense of This Unstable World,” Literary Hub

"To Go To Sea: Making a Place in a Male Literary Landscape," VIDA Report From the Field

"On Kara Walker's 'Narratives of a Negress'," NER Digital

"Mommy Poems; Or, Writing as the Muse Herself," Southern Humanities Review 

"Escape Artists," Poetry Foundation 





"A Wilderness I Wouldn’t Live Without: On Carl Phillips’s ‘Wild Is the Wind,’” Los Angeles Review of Books

"Inside the Body, Everything's Real: The Poetics of Maternity and Mortality," on Katie Ford and Carrie Fountain, in Kenyon Review Online 

"Lucille Clifton's Expansive, Collective 'i'," in Kenyon Review Online 

"Mother Desert by Jo Sarzotti," in Third Coast

"Art of Losing: On Raptus by Joanna Klink," in Kenyon Review Online

"New Maps: Idra Novey's The Next Country," in 751 Magazine 

"Disinclined to Mislead Anyone: On the Poetry of Nick Lantz," in The Rumpus

"A Squared-Off Landscape Representing the World: Louise Gluck's A Village Life," in The Rumpus

"Loitering in the Wrong Places: C. D. Wright's Rising, Falling, Hovering," in The Rumpus 

"Hurricane Blues" in Southern Cultures 



Teaching Materials: 


"The Warmth of a Messy Page," Poetry Foundation

"Learning Image and Description," Poetry Foundation

"Learning the Sonnet: A History and How-To Guide," Poetry Foundation 





Rachel at the NEA

Poems and Interview at the Fishouse 

Rachel and Cynthia Marie Hoffmann in conversation at Boxcar Poetry Review 

Rachel reads from Copperhead at San Francisco's Litquake 




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