Contributors: Ronald Schleifer, Elizabeth Hinds, Pamela Slate Liggett, David S. Grofs, Kate Beaird Meyers, Grant I. Holly, Tom Bowden, Robert Markley, Richard Cafestta, G. Douglas Atkins
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Contributors: John Mosier, Max Aub/tr., Will Kirkland, Michael Murphy, Mark Lussier, Peggy McCormack
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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
Tie my silk skirt with a silk belt
covering tear trails.
Every year during blossoming spring
I resent Wang Son.
On the engraved lute
I finish playing Longing for a Lover.
Rain strikes pear blossoms—
close the door …
One could do worse than an unmarked stone.
In leaf time it looks even more gray
and in the snow
who knows how covered it could remain.
No one to visit and no one to know.
The noon sits down …
Sons and Daughters of Ease and Plenty, by Ramona Ausubel. Riverhead, 2016. $27, 320 pages.
As I started to read Ramona Ausubel’s latest novel, Sons and Daughters of Ease and Plenty, I prepared myself for yet another romp through
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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Mr. and Mrs. Doctor, by Julie Iromuanya. Coffee House Press, 2015. $17, 292 pages.
In the Bible, God tests the faith of Job by taking away his servants, slaughtering his plentiful herds of livestock, and murdering his children. After …3
The Abridged History of Rainfall, by Jay Hopler. McSweeney’s, 2016. $22, 80 pages.
Jay Hopler’s second collection, The Abridged History of Rainfall, is a complex, highly stylized investigation of loss, memory, and the nature of language. Like Hopler’s first book, Green Squall, …2
Contributors: John Mosier, Amiri Baraka, Dalt Wonk, Alain Robbe-Grillet, Susan Snowden Palmer, Benjamin Lee Wren, Richard Kostelanetz, James Grimsley, Miller Williams, Jay R. White, Jerred Metz, George Dureau, Gary Young, Roo Borson, J. Michael Yates, Rainer Malkowski, Karin Kiwus, F.D. …0
The last video he ever watched, because he died a few weeks later, was one he had absolutely no recollection of filming. It was an inclement day, a true Chicago snow. In the front yard, Amber was rolling in the …6