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Battleborn, by Claire Vaye Watkins. Riverhead Books, 2012. $16, 288 pages.
With the Mojave Desert as her set and vibrant characters as her stars, Watkins’s collection is an almost filmic bricolage of survival in an unforgiving landscape. Watkins’s stories …2
The summer I spent working for the Kankakee Valley rural electrical cooperative, the Midwest saw temperatures in the 90′s arrive in early May and last well into September. Rain was scarce and I watched the corn and soybeans struggle in …5
Sing, Unburied, Sing, by Jesmyn Ward. Scribner, 2017. $26, 304 pages.
Award-winning novelist Jesmyn Ward has been called both “the heir to Faulkner” and “a failed poet.” The former comes from a glowing piece in Time magazine about Ward, and …1
You are what’s new
under the sun.
You are not what you were yesterday.
You are not
even what you are
You are not even under the sun.
Jeff Schwaner lives in Staunton, Virginia with his wife …4
A fawn crossed the road as I began my descent—via bicycle—into the valley; I thought I could see little buds on its head, but I didn’t trust that it was possible for a baby deer to have horns of any …1
Part 1: New Orleans to Houston
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
At the beheading of the statue
the laurel parted from
the garter, and what they did
with King Billy’s head I do not know,
for in 1763 the statue stood at
the Boyle bridge, near the Royal Hotel.
But bridges …2
The Pedestrians, by Rachel Zucker. Wave Books, 2014. $18, 143 pages.
“How can any mother write an epic?” asks Rachel Zucker in her most recent poetry collection, The Pedestrians. Filled with fables, dreams, and ruminations, the book quivers with the …4
They sit in his pick-up outside the IGA. Her Honda waits across the parking lot. The security light flickers above, its cover filled with the black confetti of dead bugs. The vinyl smells like cigarettes; the floor mats are pocked …1