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Back then, I always felt I was on the edge
of something. A boulder half-drowned
in the Adriatic, a ridge overlooking the plains.
I was a pioneer and didn’t want to be.
In one dream I ran from tornadoes,
Contributors: Hazard Adams, Mark Rose, Vincent B. Leitch, Murray Krieger, Wesley Morris,
Michael Clark, Richard Berg, Eddie Yeghiayan, William Sharpe
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Why Read Moby-Dick?, by Nathaniel Philbrick. Penguin, 2013. $13, 128 pages.
Why Read Moby-Dick? is a plea for the importance of Melville’s tome. Nathaniel Philbrick’s book is only 128 pages long and is broken into 28 chapters, a nod …8
Contributors: Benjamin Goluboff, Umberto Saba/tr. Will Wells, Richard S. Lowry, David Berry, Heather Henderson, Cai Qi-jiao/tr. Edward Morin and Fang Dai, Martha Dimes Toher, Tomasz Jastrun/tr. Daniel Bourne, Harveen Sachdeva Mann, Desanka Maksimovic/tr. Richard Burns and Jasna Misic, David C. Estes, Tommaso Landolfi/tr. …0
Dear Life, I do not ask of you, perfect
features, flattering faces, or possessions.
In your unquiet rounds, honey and absinthe
taste almost the same.
The heart that scorns every beat
rarely suffers a shock.
The way a gunshot sounds…
I steal home in the morning to find my younger brother on his knees. Pike’s fingers are jammed into something that looks like an engine. There’s newspaper covering the floor, and he wipes the grease off his hands before eyeballing …4
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
Belief in story is a belief
in travel or trouble—
a newborn becoming
unmoved by his conscience,
a vocabulary collecting
reason by slow degrees.
Suppose it’s not fear
but how we spend our …
Two hundred frames in, you decide the sketches
are too shaky once set in motion. You throw them
in the garbage, dump your spaghetti on top so
there would be no way to salvage them. This repeats
again, except the …
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