A new edition of LOCUSPOINT has arrived! Please welcome E. Marie Bertram’s Quad Cities, featuring poems by Neal Allen, Bertram, Ryan Collins, Sarah J. Gardner, Farah Marklevits, Lucas A. Street, and Amber L. Whittle.
Of the place, Bertram writes, “It’s the only place in the country where the Mississippi River runs east to west, not north to south, save New Orleans. I like to think this bit of cartographical trivia suggests something about the area, about being lesser-known, but worth knowing about. The area is also one of just a few that are regularly referred to in the singular (“the Quad Cities is . . .”) and the plural (“the Quad Cities are . . .”), leaving subject-verb conjugation up to context, to the speaker, whatever sounds more natural to the ear.”
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