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I kissed her on her buttocks
without the slightest shame
her name ______ in Arabic means “a river in paradise”
should I drown
flowers will grow from her gates
truths are just abstract flowers
I have to stop thinking …1
Contributors: Alexander Argyros, Horst Bienek, Dorothy Brown, Nancy Cotton, Pablo Antonio Cuadra, Reed Way Dasenbrock, Nielson Dinwoodie, Terrence Doody, Ralph Flores, Hermann Hesse, Gregory S. Jay, Tommaso Landolfi, Julie Ann Lepick, Herman Rapaport, Ralph R Read, Ronald Schleifer, J.P. Telotte, Jeannie Thompson, Lawrence Venuti, …0
Murder Ballad, by Jane Springer. Alice James Books, 2012. $15.95, 80 pages.
Billie Holiday presides over Jane Springer’s Murder Ballad, winner of the Beatrice Hawley Award. It’s not the public radio cliché of the flower-wearing chanteuse that shadows …2
American Busboy, by Matthew Guenette. The University of Akron Press, 2011. $14.95, 64 pages.
American Busboy is an edgy take on the highs and lows of thankless work. Matthew Guenette dives deep into the service industry, unearthing the strange dynamics created …2
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 …
To breaking ice, the lovers carve, to breaking ice the best
device is whisky. It’s up to you to wash it down with
typos. But crashing rocks, crystal chips, bites on the
throat; you’d write a break is …11
Contributors: Daniel Borzutzky, Peter Joseph Gloviczki, Kass Fleisher, Bill Cotter, Mary Leader, Christopher Merkner, A. Minetta Gould, Tom C. Hunley, Joshua Corey, Seth Abramson, Daneen Wardrop, Geoff Wyss, Peter Streckfus, Christopher Kirsch, Teresa Milbrodt, C. J. Sage, Diane Seuss, Peter …0
All Decent Animals, by Oonya Kempadoo. FSG, 2013. $26, 272 pages.
During Carnival in Port of Spain, with loud Mama look a boo-boo tin pan, rum in everyone, close friends throw answers back and forth to the question: Where …4
What happens when the body is not the body you expected or desired,
What happens as a parent when the body that comes from you
or out of you is not what you expected.
What happens when that body never …3
Contributors: Seth Abramson, Dan Albergotti, Edward Bartok-Baratta, Richard Bentley, Simeon Berry, Basil Cleveland, Carrie St George Comer, Maysey Craddock, Michael Dumanis, Lael Ewy, Bonnie Fastring, Janet Flora, C. Abe Gaustad, Richard Godden, Michael Hudson, Zachary Jack, Christopher Janke, Bill Lavender, …0