ISSUE

08

Spring 2009

On the battlefield with Li Ling; Petina Gappah in Zimbabwe with the Mupandawana dancing champion; Tracey Hill in transit; Samantha Hunt gets noticed; Naomi J. Williams goes to sea; Yiyun Li gossips; John Wray and Matt Dojny take a sightseeing tour of New York; Denis Donoghue revisits history; poems by Suzanne Buffam, Mahmoud Darwish, Jennifer Moxley, Adrienne Rich, and others; and introducing Sara Majka.

If You See Something

Little Ears, Little Eyes

Issue 08 Samantha Hunt

I love to hear that another memoir has been exposed as a big phony.
If You See Something

In Transit

Issue 08 Tracey Hill

You are never happier than when you’re in transit.
If You See Something

Did You Hear?

Issue 08 Yiyun Li

The neighborhood where I grew up and where my parents still live is one of the apartment compounds built in the 1950s in Beijing.
Fiction

The Mupandawana Dancing Champion

Issue 08 Petina Gappah

When the prices of everything went up ninety-seven times in one year, M’dhara Vitalis Mukaro came out of retirement to make the coffins in which we buried our dead.
Fiction

The Atmospheric Railway

Issue 08 Shena Mackay

The train carrying Neville back to Hampshire was formed of ten coaches and was scheduled to divide at Eastleigh, where the front five carriages would proceed to Poole, while the rear five branched off toward the New Forest.
Art

Impossible Sightseeing, Part One: New York City

Issue 08 John Wray

In the early 1980s, faced with rapidly dwindling shelf space in their seven tiers of stacks, the New York Public Library at Forty-Second Street—the one with the lions—prevailed upon the city to fund the construction of a gargantuan book storage annex thirty feet under the grass and London plane trees of Bryant Park.
Poetry
Public Access

Powers of Recuperation

Issue 08 Adrienne Rich

A woman of the citizen party—what’s that— / is writing history backward / her body the chair she sits in / to be abandoned repossessed
Poetry

This Handwriting

Issue 08 Matthew Zapruder

I do not acknowledge it, though it is mine.
Poetry

The Dead of Winter

Issue 08 Fred Schmalz

I had not felt so / tired so early in the day / since last winter
Poetry

Trans-Neptunian Object

Issue 08 ​Suzanne Buffam

The time and place and manner of my death are three facts that / don’t exist yet.
Poetry

The Blackberries

Issue 08 Francis Ponge

On the typographic bushes of the poem down a road leading neither out of things nor to the mind, certain fruits are composed of an agglomeration of spheres plumped with a drop of ink.
Poetry

Doppler Elegy

Issue 08 Ben Lerner

The bird is a little machine for forgetting / The freight trains that pass my house
Poetry

The Museum of Nature

Issue 08 Jennifer Kronovet

The earth’s humus is made fertile / through the worm’s anus.
Poetry

Through an Opening

Issue 08 Carl Phillips

It was as if they’d stepped into the head / of a wind god, / and gotten trapped there and, / within captivity, made a space they could / sometimes recognize.
Poetry

Be Careful: The Poet’s Skin is like that of a Frog

Issue 08 Jennifer Moxley

There is a way in which / I can be distracted / from what matters.
Poetry

Two Poems

Issue 08 ​Jürgen Becker

Blackbirds, then other voices.
Poetry

Lines of Refusal

Issue 08 Julie Carr

Nothing here, just the sound of the heat, the sound of the cars, / nothing, nothing
Poetry

And, Not Content with Circumscription, Spreads.

Issue 08 Thomas Hummel

though I may not recognize the places I have / seen it, it is still an ornament, an ornament / known well; I know its name, I traced / those lines, and feel easy now about it.
Poetry

Two Poems

Issue 08 Rebecca Wolff

The other side of the mountain / collects / and even cultivates / its mystery
Poetry

On the Last Evening on this Earth

Issue 08 Mahmoud Darwish

On the last evening on this earth, we sever our days / from our trees, and count the ribs we will carry along / and the ribs we will leave behind
Fiction

Saint Andrews Hotel

Issue 08 Sara Majka

In 1963, an eleven-year-old boy named Peter Harville was committed to a state mental hospital in the western part of Massachusetts, far from the island where he grew up.
Fiction

Lamanon at Sea

Issue 08 Naomi J. Williams

It is the afternoon of August 26, 1785, and Jean-Honoré-Robert de Paul, chevalier de Lamanon, has just returned to the Boussole, exhilarated and exhausted after a successful ascent of the Peak of Tenerife.
Feature

A Word on “Li Ling”

Issue 08 Paul McCarthy

On Atsushi Nakajima's masterpiece.
Fiction

Li Ling

Issue 08 Atsushi Nakajima

In the ninth lunar month of Tianhan 2 (99 B.C.E.), during the reign of Emperor Wu of the Han Dynasty, Commander of the Cavalry Li Ling led a force of five thousand foot soldiers north from the border fort of Zheluzhang.
Feature

A Novel Including History

Issue 08 ​Denis Donoghue

Denis Donoghue discusses the law of dreams
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