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A student recently confronted me with the maxim that most poets, novelists, and playwrights suffer from a disease he called “universal stuffiness.” Trying to be “relevant,” I agreed that literature on the whole was perhaps the stuffiest of the stuffy …5
The Testing of Luther Albright, by MacKenzie Bezos. Harper, 2005. $14.99, 256 pages.
Some readers maintain that plots conform to several basic skeletons, with minor variations in between. Regardless of whether this is true, of the models currently on …1
Contributors: Nick Barrett, Grace Bauer, Jake Berry, Michael Burns, Joel Dailey, A. di Michele, Susan Facknitz, Ken Fontenot, Skip Fox, Charles Freeland, Edouard Glissant, Jefferson Humphries, Claudia Grinnell, Jennifer Grotz, Bob Grumman, Ken Harris, William Hathaway, Lindsay Hill, David Hoefer, …2
Contributors: F.E. Abernethy, Shea Halle, John Little, Benjamin M. Nyce, Morse Peckham, Shane Stevens, Peter Israel, Gerald Locklin, Natalie Petesch, Nelson Algren, Leonard Louis White, Paul Anderson, John Ciardi, Ruth Dawson, David Etter, Chana Faerstein, Edsel Ford, Richard Frost, Gene Frumkin, …1
What do they do first?
They examine the body
to prove that death
And if not?
And if natural?
No one is ever
But what of the family?
They know, but are
Death Don’t Have No Mercy, by William Boyle. Broken River Books, 2015. $15. 194 pages.
William Boyle, author of the new short story collection Death Don’t Have No Mercy, has ideas about crime. Moreover, he has ideas …1
& dusk & learning the throat
as a deer part.
orphans the carcass:
spray of vessels & shells
of gilded metal gathered like a shaved
bowl of iceIridescence
off the tail of a belle mer-
There are rumors that the printed book is an endangered species.
This kind of book, we’re told, is outdated. Archaic. The quaint stuff of collectors and historians. Practically obsolete. To hear technocrats explain the story of the printed volume, we …4
“There’s always so much going on,” she of the noon pajamas proclaims, and while it’s true we’ve flown in and surprised her, I’m looking at the situation—bookcase with vintage Hobbit and complete Robert Frost, grandkids’ annual pictures lined up on …5