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Contributors: Alexander Argyros, Horst Bienek, Dorothy Brown, Nancy Cotton, Pablo Antonio Cuadra, Reed Way Dasenbrock, Nielson Dinwoodie, Terrence Doody, Ralph Flores, Hermann Hesse, Gregory S. Jay, Tommaso Landolfi, Julie Ann Lepick, Herman Rapaport, Ralph R Read, Ronald Schleifer, J.P. Telotte, Jeannie Thompson, Lawrence Venuti, …0
how much longer can I stand on this beach
how much longer can I write through the sand on this beach
how much longer can I watch them bury my friends on this beach
they bury the dogs on the …1
Midland, by Honor Gavin. Penned in the Margins, 2014. $15, 320 pages.
Recently short listed for the Gordon Burn Prize, Midland is ostensibly a novel about the English midlands, and in particular, the post-war urban history of Birmingham. The city, …6
Alex Mar’s new book, Witches of America, is a search for meaning, esoteric and otherwise. She takes her reader on a spiritual cross-country road trip from the Bay Area of California to New Orleans, from the prairies of the …3
Men’ll hollow you out
to call you empty,
shovel deep into your earth
yet ignore the heat that radiates
from your discontent so wide
its center cannot be touched.
Shovel deep into your earth
yet heave all substance aside.
It’s as if the pinpoints are stars, and I am drawn in blue pencil,
the pictures between them.
Immaterial, non-print. I exist in the false-empty,
the heft within atoms. I think about what I eat.
Three times a day …
Saint Blaise, 4th century Armenian martyr,
Patron Saint of animals and those who suffer from throat ailments.
O Saint Stammerer, Saint Stutterer,
Patron Saint of the Lisp and Smokeswept Throat,
Patron Saint of the Veterinarian and Marine …
Both Flesh and Not, by David Foster Wallace. Little Brown, 2012. $26.99, 336 pages.
Some folks’ deaths loom large. These passings linger over everybody else’s lives the way an ex-partners’ old shirt remains in a lump in the corner …6
What kind of bird is that yapping now,
I ask through the window,
all city innocence,
and you tell me:
As for these birds tugging rubber
worms from the lawn,
or that tree, that immense rooted
the color of hair rinse that comes off on the pillowcase. My
grandparents slept in separate beds on separate floors of the house,
my grandma kept her shoes in the original boxes, I hid a cookie
behind the couch because …