No schism occurs without a few pangs and regrets, of course. The animals had heretical ideas, but sometimes they seemed herer than we were. Maybe it was because bits and bytes flew over their heads. Maybe the animals were only ever going to listen to someone who spoke in moons and stars. Of course we never would have stooped to that, pandering to wallabies and penguins, handing out stars like handing out candy. If only there had been some river that could have washed all that magic off, all that moonshine, without washing them away as well.
No. 27 • Mónica de la TorreI would have fallen in love with him too had not so many others done so already.
No. 27 • Philip Corner
No. 27 • Amy LeachNow that our intelligence, having accelerated for centuries, has almost attained unimpeachability, we are not taking it lightly.
No. 27 • John L’HeureuxIt was cruel, it was unspeakable, to allow innocence to mock itself this way.
No. 27 • Jamil Hellu
No. 27 • Ahmad Fа̄ris Shidyа̄qThe concept of civilization has acquired such popularity.
No. 27 • Karen An-hwei LeeOnce I told you, love is a partial /anagram of solvency. Dear millennium, please— / I owe you nothing.
No. 27 • Mark BibbinsShoes of disappeared women / hovering in holes in walls
No. 27 • Callie SiskelOne might fail to notice / a hull amid the frozen waves.
No. 27 • Lily BrownThe horse gallops / fog under its chin
No. 27 • Daniel BorzutzkyThe curtains were the color of red wine / The bedspread the color of sand
No. 27 • Noa Zilberman
No. 27 • Ilya KaminskySuch is the silence / of a woman who speaks against silence.
No. 27 • Eva SpeerHistory was mutable and distorted… Life had given him permission to play with it.
No. 27 • Deborah TaffaThey said never to trust an Indian who doesn’t want to go back to his own reservation.
No. 27 • Bruna Dantas LobatoThere isn’t much to tell. Tell me anyway. Soothe this old heart.
No. 27 • Annie CogganOf all Edith Wharton's characters, Lily Bart is most her author's architectural id.
No. 27 • Ryūnosuke Akutagawa & Jun’ichirō TanizakiI’ve lost my taste for anything that isn’t made up.
No. 27 • Nanos ValaoritisHow important to designate even the most unimportant occurrence: What is nameless cannot exist.
No. 27 • Samuel Mockbee
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