Contributors: John Mosier, Max Aub/tr., Will Kirkland, Michael Murphy, Mark Lussier, Peggy McCormack
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needs convincing. The life we’re living will just be hours,
however unrecognizable: the fact of that starling
trapped. Panic turned pipe noise. Or the fact
of any bird’s name—another says…
Writer Daniel Wolff came to New Orleans five months after Hurricane Katrina with filmmaker Jonathan Demme, not knowing what they’d find. They were told the story was over, that all the “good shots” had …1
Dogs take turns shredding apart a sheet of light on the morning of departure. The explorers are inside their homes, waking the way all strangers wake, their arms crooked with the absence they always lived with. Smoke rises down the …2
One mind was the size of an owl, another
the shape of a watch, another didn’t have
the time to think. Though a few of us smother
in water or smoke, even more die in the salve
on a bad conscience. Aphorisms …
Julia Cohen, Collateral Light, Brooklyn Arts Press, 2013. $15.95, 92 pages.
Julia Cohen’s second full-length poetry collection is a graceful and brutal welcoming into the body of our own lives: an invitation to hold a magnifying glass up to our …0
Fractals, by William Bradley. Lavender Ink, 2016. $16, 67 pages.
Some of the greatest problems of our current time are born of a toxic notion of masculinity—one that chooses violence as a way to resolve disputes, one that is …5
It’s when the waitress at the Cloverleaf brings my eggs and smiles
with yellow teeth across the table
that I realize how much I hate you.
There’s only the two of us in this band, and you keep reminding …4
During the weeklong first-year orientation activities at the University of Nairobi, freshers are constantly reminded that this university is the best university in Africa, south of the Sahara and north of the Limpopo. This phrase is used to confirm the …4
The Dig, by Cynan Jones, Coffee House Press, 2015. $15.95, 156 pages.
Trembling with taut, visceral prose, Cynan Jones’s The Dig is a sparse work of searing beauty. Set in rural Wales, The Dig follows the lives of two …1
After her eyes were eaten out of their sockets and the old women sewed them shut with silver thread, they kept blinking. Not opening, just twitching up and down. Nobody could tell why. Whether it was just a reflex or—some …5