“She regrets not what was, but what should have been, could have been.” —Marie NDiaye's self-portrait in green; Roxane Gay at war; Edward Carey on seeing and being seen; Rachel Farbiarz and Stefania Heim on Memorial Hill; new fiction by Jensen Beach, Elizabeth Gaffney, and J. Robert Lennon; poems by Camille Rankine, Craig Morgan Teicher, Marina Tsvetaeva, and others; and introducing Jamel Brinkley.
Haunt | APS 09
There are too many cedars here / hiding the sun hovering / over the dead / the lakes won’t wash away / & the ghosts the locals talk of / are their memories / singing and shifting unbidden
The High Window | APS 05
Let’s make believe we are lying / Together on our backs. / The lumps in the door are dirt and grass / And the blackbirds tickle us with their claws / Until we chirp and laugh.
Variations on the Right to Remain Silent
"The light comes in the name of the voice is a sentence that stops itself. Its components are simple yet it stays foreign, we cannot own it." In APS 07, Anne Carson writes on metaphysical silence and the limits of translation.