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My mother is not a liar but sometimes I wish that she could be. At school I tell a lie or two ocassionally because it changes how the girls feel about me, what they think. I don’t tell bad lies, …2
Contributors: Octavio Armand, Richard Bevis, John Biguenet, Layeh Bock, Marc Brasz, Michel Butor, Allen H. Chappel, Edilberto Coutinho, Si Dunn, Tom Dworetzky, Richard Easton, Lee Fahnestock, Ernest Ferlita S.J., Ken Fontenot, Calvin Harlan, Jeanine Hathaway, Bruce Henrickson, Wolfgang Hildesheimer, Richard …0
The men buried beneath my house are all named Neil. There is something in my room, in the corner of my room, behind the television. It has bendable arms & legs. When someone sees the thing in my room the …1
Contributors: Tess Gallagher, Katie Peterson, Simon Perchik, R. Dean Johnson, Marthe Reed, Jeffrey Levine, Daniel Tobin, Rita Banerji, Patricia Murphy, Moira Linehan, John Kinsella, Hailey Leithauser, Rachel Zucker, Susanne Kort, Patricia Suarez, Annaliese Hoehling, Andrew Miller, Matt Vadnais, Barbara Roberds, …0
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
The fallen branches of the forest are my limbs,
not the limbs of trees. The person who enters the forest
also enters me, just as I am leaving.
You see this in the latticework of a moth in June rain.…
In this story I fall in love with both men named Adam.
I am prone to sinus infections.
Adam works in a tarp factory.
The other Adam keeps a jar of ten-year-old water on his shelf.
I mix antibiotics with …0
Muscular, hairy, and naked to a fault, the man and the woman gazed at one another with the dead, painted eyes of storefront mannequins. If this was love, and nobody could say otherwise with any certainty, then it was onanistic …8
You do not believe me. Why won’t you believe me? Whose vengeance is it that keeps cursing me for my making an evermore ghastly investment in what’s to be made over to me from my more and more telling all? …
How Literature Saved My Life, by David Shields. Knopf, 2013. $25.95, 224 pages.
David Shields opens his fantastic new work, How Literature Saved My Life, in a feint of over-sharing. But he does this to lure us into …1