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It seems everybody plays Arms these days.
Not that everybody should.
I once played Arms with a guy named Tommy Cassanova who was way better than me. He’d stolen a girl of mine back when we were in high school …1
You say, I’m so glad it’s summer and I agree. You say, I hope we never grow tired of each
other, and I think this is an odd thing to say in the context of summer. I say, You …
Eight leaves on
a car hood,
stamped into place
by the rain.
Tree partly turning,
part of the land-
scape, but distinguished
by its grace.
We stood around,
waiting for permission
to entertain the
idea of leaving.
We had no…1
In winter you strapped the canoe
to the basement ceiling,
every rib written in silt.
Every year the huge lake froze,
ice figures clawed
and covered the pier.
Even in summer we shivered with cold,
my two brothers and I,…
An experiment with the form of the nineteenth-century-style review: mega-long excerpts connected by impressionistic ligaments.
Seven Gothic Tales, by Isak Dinesen. Random House, 1934.
Seven Gothic Tales is a set of enchanting stories in late-modernist prose by Isak Dinesen. From …2
Contributors: Christopher J. Bannon, Anna Rupertina Fuchsin/tr. Ronnie Apter, Joel Foreman, Debra Bruce, Greg Garrett, William Virgil Davis, Bruce Henricksen, Kevin Hearle, Yves Thériault/tr. M.G. Hesse, Eugenio de Andrade/tr. Alexis Levitin, Patrick Murphy, John Rodden, Marty Roth, Adélia Prado/tr. Ellen …0
One year after a segregated air force
discharged my father, honest and faithful
service completed, he married my mother.
No shotguns or dishonor, just doing right,
onlookers all bearing witness with one eye
open. So many of the flames in …
I don’t pretend to have been all pink
and unplucked, I knew nakedness,
knew the rattle of a leg in bed.
You rented a room from an old man
and his girlfriend, always cooking
bacon in the morning. The smell…
Água Viva, by Clarice Lispector (translated by Stefan Tobler). New Directions, 2012. $14.95. 88 pages.
Without time, without names, without actions, Clarice Lispector’s novel Água Viva recalls the style of her other novels—a woman’s interior monologue. Here she is …5
Farther Away, by Jonathan Franzen. FSG, 2012. $26.00, 336 pages.
The idea that Jonathan Franzen is a man who might have fit in better half a century ago is tossed around quite often, and for good reason: he writes …2