Contributors: John Mosier, Jacek Fuksiewicz, Andrew Horton, Drago Jancar, William Marling, David C. Estes, Franci Slivnik, Ann Ceh, Armando Valladares, Miklos Jancso, Janos Kende
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Calligraphy Lessons: The Collected Stories, by Mikhail Shishkin. Translated from the Russian by Marian Schwartz, Leo Shtutin, Mariya Bashkatova, and Sylvia Maizell. Deep Vellum Publishing, 2015. $12, 180 pages.
Mikhail Shishkin, one of the most highly acclaimed contemporary Russian …3
American Busboy, by Matthew Guenette. The University of Akron Press, 2011. $14.95, 64 pages.
American Busboy is an edgy take on the highs and lows of thankless work. Matthew Guenette dives deep into the service industry, unearthing the strange dynamics created …2
Contributors: Neil Hurley, S.J., Kim Bridgford, John Mosier, Stuart Peterfreund, Jan Newman, Ina Rae Hark, J.P. Telotte, Angela Sommer-Bodenburg, Billie R. Engels, Wheeler Dixon, Sara Spiedel, Robert Brinkley, Bert Cardullo, Phillip J. Skerry
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I kissed her on her buttocks
without the slightest shame
her name ______ in Arabic means “a river in paradise”
should I drown
flowers will grow from her gates
truths are just abstract flowers
I have to stop thinking …2
Down to the Dark River: Contemporary Poems about the Mississippi River, edited by Philip C. Kolin and Jack B. Bedell. Louisiana Literature Press, 2015. $18, 232 pages.
Growing up in central Mississippi, I was far enough removed from …5
While I am tweezing the first of three cactus needles stung into my right shoulder, my teeth furiously biting into a small rolled-up towel I’ve put in my mouth, I feel more certain than ever that Ma’s expensively exotic plant …1
and I was like Bill! I’m a fan! Come over for lunch!
and he said he’d be delighted though he was sunburned
and wearing a salmon-colored shirt which made him
self-conscious he told me in confidence
I served tuna sandwiches …3
Nicholas Montemarano’s latest book, The Book of Why, tells the story of what happens when a believer is put to the ultimate test. Self-help author Eric Newborn preaches the power of a positive mind to heal all. When his …0
Mark Forsyth’s Ternion Set: The Etymologicon, The Horologicon, and The Elements of Eloquence. Icon Books Ltd, 2014. 768 pages.
Chances are, you’ve felt at a loss for words.
There’s a word for that.
The French call …4
You say, I’m so glad it’s summer and I agree. You say, I hope we never grow tired of each
other, and I think this is an odd thing to say in the context of summer. I say, You …