No. 04

Michael Thomas at Yankee Stadium; an illustrated story by William T. Vollmann; Focus: Antarctica with Bill Manhire, Owen Marshall, Anne Noble, Sir Robert Falcon Scott, and others; Kevin Moffett eats out; Jillian Weise sends a letter from Buenos Aires; Anna Deavere Smith with a captive audience; stories by Jack Livings, Helen Schulman, and Jim Shepard; poems by Geoffrey Chaucer, Bernadette Mayer, Reginald Shephard, G. C. Waldrep, and more.

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If You See Something

The Messenger

No. 04 Samantha Hunt

“They hung a white Jesus in the hallway,” I told my sister.
If You See Something

Homing

No. 04 Ian Chillag

If pigeons had brains, and in turn the power to imagine dying and what happens afterward, they would have dreamed up Philadelphia as their heaven.
If You See Something

I Special-Goddamn-Ordered These

No. 04 Kevin Moffett

After awhile I avoided looking inside.
If You See Something

Letter from Buenos Aires

No. 04 Jillian Weise

Dear Big Logos, I’m alive in tango central!
If You See Something

A Captive Audience

No. 04 Anna Deavere Smith

As we approached the shimmering Nile River, we started to see soldiers lining the roads.
Fiction

The Heir

No. 04 Jack Livings

There once had been a time Omar looked forward to fighting the Chinese the way he looked forward to a good meal or sex.
Poetry

The Former Age

No. 04 Geoffrey Chaucer

A blissful life of peace and sweetness / was the life they led in the former age.
Poetry

Song of the Broken Clocks

No. 04 G. C. Waldrep

The broken clocks inside the clocks were singing. It was February.
Poetry

Two Poems

No. 04 April Bernard

Greedy thing, we called the dingo bitch who hung around camp / mustard brown with black streaks and filmy eyes.
Poetry

Forgiveness

No. 04 Rosanna Warren

The chestnut tree holds its votive candles aloft
Poetry

Why do the Outmoded Maintain Themselves So Resolutely?

No. 04 Sean Hopkinson

I am the prank / of smiles and summer easiness / where nothing else is / or could be.
Poetry

The Clearing

No. 04 Greta Wrolstad

In a field of thousands / of wheat stalks, millions of wheat / stalks, countless wheat stalks
Poetry

At the Santa Lucia Highlands Court Ball

No. 04 Christine Bown

when we met, I still in the stony-take / throes of accretion, you rapt in the grainy / phenomenon of disintegration.
Poetry

Thought for a Stalled World

No. 04 Adam Clay

In early June, a late frost, an airplane coming apart above us, / and then catching hold, / the dogs down the street lunging at each other, / and the grass in your hair from yesterday / still there.
Poetry

Alongside the Desiring Machines

No. 04 Reginald Shepherd

I wouldn’t know what to do / with gods worth more than summer
Poetry

Lawn Archaeology

No. 04 Leila Wilson

I did not think over / the bone’s curve / buried and grown.
Poetry

The Sleep Touches Everyone

No. 04 Nick Twemlow

The sleep touches everyone. The sleep is pinned to the junipers / wracking their collective sunshine for the answer.
Poetry

Summer Solstice

No. 04 Bernadette Mayer

“as long as i have something planned out / ahead of time…” you see this guy / is helping teach workshops, he must be phil / in dream, a younger man who can’t / come next week but it’s ok I say
Fiction

Courtesy for Beginners

No. 04 Jim Shepard

Summer camp: here’s how bad summer camp was.
Fiction

Too Late

No. 04 William T. Vollmann

It was getting late when I learned how much I liked the red brick buildings; here’s one with an octagonal tower!
Fiction

I Am Seventy-Five

No. 04 Helen Schulman

Six months after her husband died, Lily Weilerstein found his sex diaries buried in the back shelf of the cedar closet in the hallway of the Upper West Side apartment that they had lived in together for almost forty years, since the Age of Possibility as Walter had referred to it in retrospect, back when they were almost young.
Focus

The Ridiculous and the Sublime

No. 04 Bill Manhire

I was born in Invercargill—called by Rudyard Kipling "the last lamppost in the world"—so I grew up knowing that if I got in a small boat and rowed south for a very long time, I would eventually bump into an iceberg.
Focus

Antarctic Summer Reading List

No. 04

Aurora australis is an atmospheric effect—“the southern lights”—equivalent to the northern aurora borealis.
Focus

Antarctic Slang: Say it Like You Mean It

No. 04

Degomble: To remove the small balls of snow that have hardened on one’s hair. After a long day on the ice, huskies and bearded gentlemen require a particularly thorough degombling.
Focus

The Frozen Continents

No. 04 Owen Marshall

I had never met Beavis before he and I were put on the PEP scheme together.
Focus

Antarctica Translated

No. 04 Anne Noble

Anne Noble has been researching and photographing Antarctica since 2001.
Focus

Impressions on the March

No. 04 Sir Robert Falcon Scott

The seductive folds of the sleeping bag.
Focus

Visiting Mr. Shackleton

No. 04 Bill Manhire

Cool! Wow! Beautiful! Awesome!
Focus

The Fire on the Snow: A Radio Play

No. 04 Douglas Stewart

I am to break into the conversation / With a word that tastes like snow to say; / I am to interrupt the contemplation / Of the familiar headlines of the day
Focus

The Republic of the Southern Cross

No. 04 Valery Bryusov

There have appeared lately a whole series of descriptions of the dreadful catastrophe that has overtaken the Republic of the Southern Cross.
Feature

Who’s Your Daddy

No. 04 Michael Thomas

It would seem simple for most: my brother, who still lives in Boston, has managed to get tickets to game two of the American League Championship Series between the Red Sox and the Yankees, enough for me to take my son and two friends.
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