A Public Space
In these times of fragments and fragmented times, what are the shapes of our comfort. Built and imagined. What gives boundaries and connection, healing and shelter, familiar pathways and points of rebellion.
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In these times of fragments and fragmented times, what are the shapes of our comfort.
A light push, perhaps even a gust of wind, would be enough to send her backward over the edge.
Translated from the Italian by the Author
The Alice Tully Show
Alone in America, / I tiptoe on the blurred line between the First and Second Amendments.
Great Salt Lake
Needless to say—and it was never said—they hated each other.
Dublin, We Were
We can return home in our reflections, even when the city we knew, the city we were, has gone forever.
Cats Are Hunters, After All
It is not an argument you are willing to lose, so you say nothing.
The Syntax of Space
Interviewed by Mark Hage
Everyone has stories they’ve kept to themselves.
In the deep hours of the night, a doubt came over some of us, but in the morning we were swept up once again in our desire.
The Poem of the Bow
For there to be friendship, some wrongs must be suffered.
Translated from the Arabic by David Larsen
What I like about you, Larry, is precisely all those things that are wrong with you.
Like memory, language changes. Our words eddy around the things we fear.
“It’s a gift,” said the priest. “It’s an omen,” said the fortune-teller. “It’s big,” said the acrobat.
The Made World
We, who are made and unmade / by something we have no control over.
To save the cell-phone battery—
I keep looking out the window / because stopping cannot be seen.
All I ask is to be brave in the face of it / and to be told what else to ask before your answer.
It’s incredibly deep, people’s sleep / inside the downpour-machine
Translated from the German by Mary Jo Bang
The Palace of Justice
Even the innocent / feel guilty stumbling / up those wide marble steps.
Sometimes I feel for the undead, sometimes the unliving.
There were holes in the story but I knew they were made by the devil’s horns.
This Is the Way
He felt himself to be ill-defined, sketched very lightly on the surface of the world.
I’d like to follow Flaubert’s advice and give you three vivid details about Violet, but I can only rely on news sources, which called her pretty and popular.
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