ISSUE

07

Winter 2009

Walter Murch translates Curzio Malaparte; Anne Carson's variations on the right to remain silent; a portfolio on Saadat Hasan Manto, Bombay's watchful son; Peter Orner on Illinois politics; Tom Drury's signs of Los Angeles; Amy Leach looks at outer space; fiction by Janet Frame, John Haskell, Mary-Beth Hughes, and Clare Wigfall; poems by Mary Jo Bang, Arda Collins, Gillian Conoley, Tom Yuill, and others.

If You See Something

Lincoln in His Grave

Issue 07 Peter Orner

When U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald said the other day that “Lincoln would roll over in his grave” if he knew what Governor Blago was up to, I had to scoff at Fitzgerald’s lame insight into Lincoln’s character.
If You See Something

A Valentine to Darwin

Issue 07 Jillian Weise

Dear Darwin, I have a crush on you.
If You See Something

La Plata Perdida

Issue 07 Leslie Jamison

This is how you visit the silver mines of Potosí, the highest city in the world: First, take an airplane to El Alto, where some peoples’ hearts collapse under the altitude as soon as they step off the plane.
If You See Something

Brown Loafers

Issue 07 Sven Birkerts

Some years ago, before the big operations for heart and cancer that undermined him, long before he took his life, my great sad friend discovered the obsessive pleasures of fine clothing.
If You See Something

You Have to See This

Issue 07 Ian Chillag

When I was eight years old, my father returned from a walk and announced he had “found something.”
Fiction

Double Happiness

Issue 07 Mary-Beth Hughes

The outer office was much the same as she remembered it.
Feature

Sail On, My Little Honey Bee

Issue 07 Amy Leach

There is an altitude above every planet where a moon can orbit forevermore.
Fiction

Dot

Issue 07 Janet Frame

A mixture of mother and kindly aunt, she invited the confidence of children throughout most of the South Island, and even from farther north in the foreign places beyond Cook Strait.
Feature
Public Access

Murdered

Issue 07 Curzio Malaparte

The Academy Award winning film editor and sound designer Walter Murch is known for his work on such films as The Godfather, Apocalypse Now, and The English Patient, but over the past decade he has also been at work translating the Italian writer Curzio Malaparte, who served in a voluntary brigade of Italians fighting alongside the French during World War I, and worked as a war correspondent during World War II.
Fiction

Are You Ready?

Issue 07 John Haskell

Los Angeles has been called the City of Dreams; also the City of Angels; Jim Morrison called it the City of Lights, but to me it was just a city.
Art

Signs of LA

Issue 07 Tom Drury

I've been taking pictures of Los Angeles and putting them online since May 7, 2007.
Poetry

Two Poems

Issue 07 Tomasz Różycki

When I began to write, I didn’t know / each of my words would bit by bit remove / things from the world and in return leave blank / spaces.
Poetry

Outnumbered at 0

Issue 07 Mary Jo Bang

The silent south, the workers quiet.
Poetry

Have I Forgotten Anything

Issue 07 Michael Teig

I go out like a slogan / in the morning.
Poetry

Incivilities (“Thick”)

Issue 07 Barbara Claire Freeman

Thick lines of trees bind the adjacent shore
Poetry

Paradise

Issue 07 Gillian Conoley

It is hard to be at the right funeral.
Poetry

Four Poems

Issue 07 Graham Foust

Blatant and famously / alien hills.
Poetry

Two Poems

Issue 07 Timothy Donnelly

Thereafter it happened there would be no future / arrangements made
Poetry

It Is Daylight

Issue 07 Arda Collins

I called my house from a pay phone / down the street before I went home.
Poetry

Two Poems

Issue 07 Tom Yuill

One cannot love more than one other / With the fierceness of the love one torn / Half has for another.
Poetry

Barrack Hill

Issue 07 Brandon Shimoda

Liberation sounds the first trees / The wind encounters
Poetry

Anguilla

Issue 07 Eugenio Montale

Anguilla, eel, sea-siren / That, making its way from those / Cold Baltic seas to get to ours, / Our estuaries, deltas, / And into our streams, and from / The profound beneath the river rises up, / Against the downstream impetus of flow, / Upstream from branch to branch and into ever / Smaller capillaries, seeking ever / Evermore to enter
Poetry

Two Poems

Issue 07 Martin Edmunds

Stars & spurs & Spain, / and she wants a bed off the floor!
Poetry

Sing, Muse, Wrath

Issue 07 Allen Grossman

Awake or asleep the mind is aware.
Poetry

From Bohr's Model

Issue 07 Noah Eli Gordon

About the image of ourselves we like / To project over the rest of the world suppose / The rest of the world were imagined
Poetry

The Critic Natkira

Issue 07 Eliot Weinberger

According to the sixteenth century Indian poet Dhurjati, there was a king of Madurai who offered a thousand gold coins to anyone who could compose a poem that would be praised by the critics in his court.
Fiction

The Parrot Jungle

Issue 07 Clare Wigfall

Chicka-chicka-chicka-chicka sing the numbers on the counter as they rotate in the late afternoon sun.
Focus

Focus: Saadat Hasan Manto

Issue 07 Matthew Reeck

Few names are more revered in the world of Urdu letters than that of Saadat Hasan Manto.
Focus

Khushiya

Issue 07 Saadat Hasan Manto

Khushiya was thinking.
Focus

Barren

Issue 07 Saadat Hasan Manto

We met exactly two years ago today at Apollo Harbor.
Focus

Rude

Issue 07 Saadat Hasan Manto

When I left Delhi to return to Bombay, I was upset because it meant parting with good friends and a job my wife approved of—stable, easy work that netted us 250 rupees the first of each month. Nevertheless I was suddenly overcome by a desire to leave, and not even my wife’s crying and carrying on could dissuade me.
Focus

Siraj

Issue 07 Saadat Hasan Manto

Dhundhu was outside the Iranian restaurant across from the small park near the Nagpada Police Station, and he was leaning against the electricity pole that he manned from sunset until four in the morning.
Feature

Variations on the Right to Remain Silent

Issue 07 Anne Carson

Silence is as important as words in the practice and study of translation.
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