Battlegrounds Real and Fiction: a portfolio on Peru by Daniel Alarcón with Santiago Roncagliolo, Miguel Gutiérrez, Julio Durán, and others; Sam Stephenson buys Eugene Smith's sink; Nora Krug illustrates the life of World War II Japanese soldier Hiro Onoda; new stories by Martha Cooley, Jonathan Lethem, and Keith Lee Morris; poems by Anne Carson, Wislawa Szymborska, Robyn Schiff, Eugene Ostashevsky, and others; and introducing Leslie Jamison.
Issue 03 • Sam StephensonThe wooden light board, with ground glass, that I bought from Pat Smith is an interesting antique, but I don’t know what I’m going to do with the sink.
Issue 03 • Veronica De Jesus
Issue 03 • Ben EhrenreichLet me begin by telling you how I learned that I sleep with my mouth open.
Issue 03 • David Levi StraussNight is a wolf that knows enough to keep its distance. —Robert Kelly
Issue 03 • Keith Lee MorrisI’d been sitting there in the courtroom all day, looking at the back of people’s heads, mostly Andy Munson’s.
Issue 03 • Martha CooleyI once worked in the word-processing pool of a large, unremarkable business.
Issue 03 • Jonathan LethemThe first chords, chunks of noise, rebound in the gulch of buildings.
Issue 03 • Nora KrugThe life of Hiro Onoda, soldier.
Issue 03 • Eugene OstashevskyIn a universe renowned for its simplicity / Composed, as it was, of P and –P / There lived a philosopher who became a painter
Issue 03 • Suzanne BuffamIt’s not what you think. / It’s what you think you think / that escapes you.
Issue 03 • Reginald GibbonsAn aching young / man on the street / approaches, stops / me with his eyes / and saying Sir?
Issue 03 • Wislawa SzymborskaI asked him about the old days / when we were still so young / naive, hot-headed, silly, green.
Issue 03 • Billy CollinsWe did not have the benefit of a guide, / no crone to lead us off the common path, / no ancient to point the way with a staff
Issue 03 • John TaggartThere is the emperor’s question / which is after / the question of happiness
Issue 03 • Robyn SchiffRoom for all our sons.
Issue 03 • Leslie JamisonHe was a poet who worked with intricate forms—villanelles and pantoums—but during our month together he spoke quite simply.
Issue 03 • Daniel AlarcónIn 1980, there were many reasons to be optimistic about the future of Peru, most significantly, the restoration of democracy after twelve years of military dictatorship.
Issue 03 • Julio DuránOn shelves and in drawers, in trunks and boxes, my grandmother hid the artifacts of her old house
Issue 03 • Santiago RoncaglioloMany Peruvian authors, critics, and readers are of the opinion that there is no common literary project uniting young Peruvian writers.
In 1986, Thomas J. Müller and Helga Müller-Hebron proposed a series of photography workshops through the School of Science and Communication Arts at Catholic University in Peru for campesinos and residents of the marginal neighborhoods springing up on the outskirts of the cities.
Issue 03Miguel Gutiérrez published his first novel, El Viejo Saurio se retira, in 1969; his second novel, La violencia del tiempo, wasn’t published until 1991.
Issue 03 • Óscar Colchado LucioThe curtains are half closed over the small, barred window.
Issue 03 • José de PiérolaUbilluz’s boots sunk into the mud with a dull thud that neither of them paid any attention to.
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