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The above slideshow contains lines, sentences, and ideas from writers whose work confronts literature’s complexity, beauty, and necessity. Images confronting our made worlds and our given worlds, from Manhattan to Michigan to the unmitigated ocean.





 


Confrontation News and Excerpts

The 2017 Poetry Prize: Deadline Extended to April 30

New! Extended through April 30: Enter the Confrontation 2017 Poetry Prize: $750 and prominent publication in Confrontation's Fall 2017 issue.

Confrontation 120, Fall 2016, Table of Contents

Editor’s Remarks: Emperors, Wizards, and Glitter STORIES Julia Phillips: Disappearing Earth Doug Ramspeck: The World We Know Becky Hagenston: The Sitters Dennis McFadden: A Thousand Stars an Hour Marshall Riggan: A Lovely Sin Angie Pelekidis: The Things We Love Katrin Gibb: John Doe Americana Rich Elliott: The Faulkner Sentence POEMS John Sibley Williams, 2016 Prize-winning Poem:...

Christopher Thornton’s Global Spotlight: Letter from Dhaka

The streets of Dhaka, Bangladesh, are shimmering, pulsing corridors of color. Blue and gold, pink and sapphire green, crimson red, deep purple, and radiant orange brighten the urban drab.

The World We Know

Once I imagined you might build a life from durable and lasting materials.

The Sitters

Lena had named her girls Fluffy, Mittens, Boots, and Mopsy, but when baby number five turned out to be a boy, she didn’t—as we all expected—call him Rocky, Rusty, Spike, or Snuggles.

The Things We Love

Prior to her mother moving in with her, Jen told Eileen, “I have everything I need so bring the minimum.” It was Jen’s way of telling her elderly mother, when you move into my home you will be a guest. This hadn’t stopped Eileen from renting a moving truck, which backed onto Jen’s driveway on...

Delusional Episodes

I cannot find my mother in the dark.

Announcing the Confrontation 2017 Poetry Prize

$750 and publication in one of our 2017 issues for the winning poem.

2016 Poetry Prize: Winner Announced

The winner of the 2016 Confrontation Poetry Prize is Portland, Oregon-based John Sibley Williams, who is also a literary agent, a publicist, the marketing director of Inkwater Press, and—last but hardly least—the very recent father of twins, born on August 4th. Congrats on several counts, sir! The winning poem will appear in the Fall 2016...

The Pond

Poetry from Confrontation 119.

Our Little Piece of Sky

Poetry from Confrontation 119.

Saint Albert of the Asses

Poetry from Confrontation 119.