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Summer 2007

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.

If You See Something

The Messenger

Issue 04 Samantha Hunt

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


Issue 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

Issue 04 Kevin Moffett

After awhile I avoided looking inside.
If You See Something

Letter from Buenos Aires

Issue 04 Jillian Weise

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

A Captive Audience

Issue 04 Anna Deavere Smith

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

The Heir

Issue 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.

The Former Age

Issue 04 Geoffrey Chaucer

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

Song of the Broken Clocks

Issue 04 G.C. Waldrep

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

Two Poems

Issue 04 April Bernard

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


Issue 04 Rosanna Warren

The chestnut tree holds its votive candles aloft

Why do the Outmoded Maintain Themselves So Resolutely?

Issue 04 Sean Hopkinson

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

The Clearing

Issue 04 Greta Wrolstad

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

At the Santa Lucia Highlands Court Ball

Issue 04 Christine Bown

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

Thought for a Stalled World

Issue 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.

Alongside the Desiring Machines

Issue 04 Reginald Shepherd

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

Lawn Archaeology

Issue 04 Leila Wilson

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


The Sleep Touches Everyone

Issue 04 Nick Twemlow

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

Summer Solstice

Issue 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

Courtesy for Beginners

Issue 04 Jim Shepard

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

Too Late

Issue 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!
Public Access

I Am Seventy-Five

Issue 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.

The Ridiculous and the Sublime

Issue 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.

Antarctic Summer Reading List

Issue 04

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

Antarctic Slang: Say it Like You Mean It

Issue 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.
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The Frozen Continents

Issue 04 Owen Marshall

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

Antarctica Translated

Issue 04

Anne Noble has been researching and photographing Antarctica since 2001.

Impressions on the March

Issue 04 Sir Robert Falcon Scott

The seductive folds of the sleeping bag.

Visiting Mr. Shackleton

Issue 04 Bill Manhire

Cool! Wow! Beautiful! Awesome!

The Fire on the Snow: A Radio Play

Issue 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

The Republic of the Southern Cross

Issue 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.

Who’s Your Daddy

Issue 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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