Contributors: John Mosier, Max Aub/tr., Will Kirkland, Michael Murphy, Mark Lussier, Peggy McCormack
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Death Don’t Have No Mercy, by William Boyle. Broken River Books, 2015. $15. 194 pages.
William Boyle, author of the new short story collection Death Don’t Have No Mercy, has ideas about crime. Moreover, he has ideas …1
The Riddle Song and Other Rememberings, by Rebecca McClanahan. University of Georgia Press, 2012. $19.95, 192 pages.
The Riddle Song, first published by the University of Georgia Press in 2002, was reissued in paperback in 2012. The title, as …3
The biggest explosion I’ve ever seen was a goat’s head when I used to work on a farm.
That doesn’t make sense.
Sorry, I need to relax into this piece and keep it nonfiction.
I once lit a bottle rocket …1
is a perfect facsimile of human
anatomy, its hood fronted by a white
frill, its two orange flaps labial,
its tube an invitation. A slurry
of blackbirds shakes up; something
is fruiting in the kudzu. Goldfinches
spin, yellow ricochets in …
You can be the hard faced titan in Timberland
boots, a bomber jacket, chained
to a corner of your choosing. You can scope
the city from the shattered windows
of high rises with inviting names:
the Gardens; the Courts; the …
12:30 p.m.: Lunch
In the four years I’ve spent in New Orleans I’d never had a Lucky Dog (this is a tourist staple, like the Dodger Dog in LA or Spumoni Gardens pizza in …5
Contributors: Jeffrey Bailey, Richard W. Bevis, Richard Cecil, Lewis Chesser, Michael Collier, Billy Collins, Rosemary Daniell, Barbara De La Cuesta, John L. Digaetani, Van Foley, Ellen Gilchrist, Roger Gillis, S.J., David C. Gordon, Bruce Henricksen, Brooke Hopkins, Forrest Ingram, Milton …0
—for T. G.
Ask and I will give the nations to you, you who have not known to ask—
an abacus bead slid so long in one dimension that you thought
there was only this: to figure into the complex …
If I shave the mustaches of famous dictators
into my pubic hair, do I cease to be a threat?
When I detonate my body I become an embrace
but the issue remains—what it could mean to be taken
seriously when …4
Susan Bernofsky hails from Louisiana and is an alumna of the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts. Now living in New York, she is a German language translator, a teacher at the Colombia University School of the Arts, and …3