Cattle Haul: the debut of Jesmyn Ward; Leslie Jamison reads Vladimir Propp; Ian Chillag on Kurt Vonnegut; Zoe Ferraris listens in on the secret phone calls of Saudi women; Lucy Begg illustrates Richard Linklater's treehouse; Peter Trachtenberg on narratives of suffering; Steve Featherstone's photographs from Afghanistan; stories by James Lasdun, Wells Tower, and Ernst Weiss; poems by Fanny Howe, Caroline Knox, Andrew McCord; Kevin Young, and more.
No. 05 • Zoe FerrarisJust after the first Gulf War, I moved to Jeddah with my husband.
No. 05 • Ian ChillagThe story goes that as a child my mother finished a book every day.
No. 05 • Roland KeltsTen p.m. in Shimokitazawa, a neighborhood of circuitous alleyways ten minutes or so west of central Tokyo by train.
No. 05 • Jervey TervalonYears ago, when I was a Disney Screenwriting Fellow (a program that evolved out of the need for Disney never again to be dead last in employing women and writers of color, probably more out of corporate embarrassment than enlightened self interest), I had the thankless task, they didn’t even own the rights, of adapting Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man.
No. 05 • Ernst WeissIf I am to explain how, because of my father, I became the person I am, I must begin with the story of my father, with the man who had a determining influence on my youth.
No. 05 • Fanny HoweThese long white days / Have gone by with no recording.
No. 05 • Tomaž ŠalamunInebriating. We’re inebriating. Seasons are / clay windows, we climb through them / all radiant.
No. 05 • Kevin YoungDear Darkness—consider this / my last attempt / to reach you.
No. 05 • Roberto BolañoThey visit you in the darkest hour / all of your lost loves.
No. 05 • Angie YuanThe pieces that broke off the Song Dynasty / horse as it was crated from Hong / Kong to Norfolk
No. 05 • Aaron McColloughThe plaster / will come down in blue dust / with these hoses turned upon it / and the sun in its house
No. 05 • Craig Morgan TeicherTwo birds came upon a crust of bread lying on the path through the woods.
No. 05 • Robyn SchiffWith output of twenty-seven hundred envelopes an hour where prior butthree thousand were made a day, cry when you consider the empty envelopes piled on each of our desks
No. 05 • James LasdunThe two women appeared in Conrad’s office late one afternoon in March.
No. 05 • Lucy Begg"Do not worry if you have built castles in the air . . . that is where they should be . . . now put the foundations under them . . ." —Henry David Thoreau
No. 05 • Wells TowerThat first evening in my new city, I had a phone call from my father, wanting to know how I was getting on.
No. 05 • Jesmyn WardIt’s easier driving through the country, especially when you doing a cattle haul.
No. 05 • Samantha HuntThere is a tiny Southerner inside me.
No. 05 • Steve FeatherstoneLast July, I was stranded for a week at Camp Ali Al Salem, a U.S. military base in Kuwait.
No. 05 • Mario BellatinIn one of the texts in The Notebook of Things that Are Difficult to Explain, the blind poet speaks of a certain event that took place in an institution known as the Last Citadel.
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