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.
No. 04 • Samantha Hunt“They hung a white Jesus in the hallway,” I told my sister.
No. 04 • Ian ChillagIf pigeons had brains, and in turn the power to imagine dying and what happens afterward, they would have dreamed up Philadelphia as their heaven.
No. 04 • Kevin MoffettAfter awhile I avoided looking inside.
No. 04 • Jillian WeiseDear Big Logos, I’m alive in tango central!
No. 04 • Anna Deavere SmithAs we approached the shimmering Nile River, we started to see soldiers lining the roads.
No. 04 • Jack LivingsThere once had been a time Omar looked forward to fighting the Chinese the way he looked forward to a good meal or sex.
No. 04 • Geoffrey ChaucerA blissful life of peace and sweetness / was the life they led in the former age.
No. 04 • G. C. WaldrepThe broken clocks inside the clocks were singing. It was February.
No. 04 • April BernardGreedy thing, we called the dingo bitch who hung around camp / mustard brown with black streaks and filmy eyes.
No. 04 • Rosanna WarrenThe chestnut tree holds its votive candles aloft
No. 04 • Sean HopkinsonI am the prank / of smiles and summer easiness / where nothing else is / or could be.
No. 04 • Greta WrolstadIn a field of thousands / of wheat stalks, millions of wheat / stalks, countless wheat stalks
No. 04 • Christine Bownwhen we met, I still in the stony-take / throes of accretion, you rapt in the grainy / phenomenon of disintegration.
No. 04 • Adam ClayIn 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.
No. 04 • Reginald ShepherdI wouldn’t know what to do / with gods worth more than summer
No. 04 • Leila WilsonI did not think over / the bone’s curve / buried and grown.
No. 04 • Nick TwemlowThe sleep touches everyone. The sleep is pinned to the junipers / wracking their collective sunshine for the answer.
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
No. 04 • Jim ShepardSummer camp: here’s how bad summer camp was.
No. 04 • William T. VollmannIt was getting late when I learned how much I liked the red brick buildings; here’s one with an octagonal tower!
No. 04 • Helen SchulmanSix 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.
No. 04 • Bill ManhireI 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.
No. 04Aurora australis is an atmospheric effect—“the southern lights”—equivalent to the northern aurora borealis.
No. 04Degomble: 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.
No. 04 • Owen MarshallI had never met Beavis before he and I were put on the PEP scheme together.
No. 04 • Anne NobleAnne Noble has been researching and photographing Antarctica since 2001.
No. 04 • Sir Robert Falcon ScottThe seductive folds of the sleeping bag.
No. 04 • Bill ManhireCool! Wow! Beautiful! Awesome!
No. 04 • Douglas StewartI 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
No. 04 • Valery BryusovThere have appeared lately a whole series of descriptions of the dreadful catastrophe that has overtaken the Republic of the Southern Cross.
No. 04 • Michael ThomasIt 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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