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We were bored. This was the Upper Peninsula
of Michigan, where nobody is from, especially
not anyone you’d consider a saint. So goddamn
far from Bethsaida, Tarsus, or even St. Paul, MN.
We ate snow for supper, walked backwards so…
Merciful God, we humbly thank Thee for setting the earth on its rotation around the sun, thus providing humanity with periods of light that permit us, as we go about our daily business, to recognize with relative clarity the things …5
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
Wonderland, by Samuel Ligon, with artwork by Stephen Knezovich. Lost Horse Press, 2016. $20, 78 pages.
“Collage-like” is a term that finds an easy home in the short story collection review, but it’s more than well deserved in describing Samuel Ligon’s …3
What About This: Collected Poems of Frank Stanford, by Frank Stanford. Copper Canyon Press, 2015. $40, 762 pages.
You know that there are many poets around now. A lot of them seem to be fighting over this or that.
Susan Larson has established herself as the most visible individual guide to literary New Orleans. A new edition of her compendium, The Booklover’s Guide to New Orleans, has just been released, offering updates to its takes on New Orleans …5
The Gap of Time, by Jeanette Winterson. Hogarth, 2015. $15, 273 pages.
The Gap of Time, Jeanette Winterson’s latest novel, is the first in the Hogarth Shakespeare series, which features “cover” versions of Shakespearean classics. In Winterson’s case, she …2
Contributors: Jon Dallas, Madeline Marcotte, Robert Lee, Mary Kuryla, Rynn Williams, John Rybicki, Robin Strickler, Sabrina Rord, Jim Meirose, Richard Kenefic, Robert Hendrickson, Cecile Corona, Jennifer Understahl, Jo McDougall, Bernd Sauermann, Denise Jordan, Jose Maria Mantero, P. Tatarunis, Donald Friedman, …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 …
In Panama the ceiling fan stirs up a pandemonia of feeding, fleeing, breeding things Señor was sent there to ignore. Enlisted in the corps, Señor wore camouflage as a way to show the world the threat they were to him …2