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.
No. 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.
No. 03 • Veronica De Jesus
No. 03 • Ben EhrenreichLet me begin by telling you how I learned that I sleep with my mouth open.
No. 03 • David Levi StraussNight is a wolf that knows enough to keep its distance. —Robert Kelly
No. 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.
No. 03 • Martha CooleyI once worked in the word-processing pool of a large, unremarkable business.
No. 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
No. 03 • Suzanne BuffamIt’s not what you think. / It’s what you think you think / that escapes you.
No. 03 • Reginald GibbonsAn aching young / man on the street / approaches, stops / me with his eyes / and saying Sir?
No. 03 • Wislawa SzymborskaI asked him about the old days / when we were still so young / naive, hot-headed, silly, green.
No. 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
No. 03 • John TaggartThere is the emperor’s question / which is after / the question of happiness
No. 03 • Robyn SchiffRoom for all our sons.
No. 03 • Leslie JamisonHe was a poet who worked with intricate forms—villanelles and pantoums—but during our month together he spoke quite simply.
No. 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.
No. 03 • Julio DuránOn shelves and in drawers, in trunks and boxes, my grandmother hid the artifacts of her old house
No. 03 • Santiago RoncaglioloMany Peruvian authors, critics, and readers are of the opinion that there is no common literary project uniting young Peruvian writers.
No. 03 • Workshop for Social PhotographyIn 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.
No. 03 • Juan Miguel ChávezMiguel Gutiérrez published his first novel, El Viejo Saurio se retira, in 1969; his second novel, La violencia del tiempo, wasn’t published until 1991.
No. 03 • Óscar Colchado LucioThe curtains are half closed over the small, barred window.
No. 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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