No. 05

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.

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If You See Something

At-Talifoon

No. 05 Zoe Ferraris

Just after the first Gulf War, I moved to Jeddah with my husband.
If You See Something

Shark Means Knife

No. 05 Ian Chillag

The story goes that as a child my mother finished a book every day.
If You See Something

Off the Pages and Onto the Sidewalk

No. 05 Roland Kelts

Ten p.m. in Shimokitazawa, a neighborhood of circuitous alleyways ten minutes or so west of central Tokyo by train.
If You See Something

The Revenge of the Angry Black Artist

No. 05 Jervey Tervalon

Years 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.
Fiction

The Rat Ship

No. 05 Ernst Weiss

If 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.
Poetry

The High Window

No. 05 Fanny Howe

These long white days / Have gone by with no recording.
Poetry

The Detour Across the Delaware

No. 05 Tomaž Šalamun

Inebriating. We’re inebriating. Seasons are / clay windows, we climb through them / all radiant.
Poetry

I Don’t Burn

No. 05 Kevin Young

Dear Darkness—consider this / my last attempt / to reach you.
Poetry

The Ghost of Edna Lieberman

No. 05 Roberto Bolaño

They visit you in the darkest hour / all of your lost loves.
Poetry

Two Poems

No. 05 Pam Rehm

Renunciation / is an evolved form / of desire
Poetry

Two Poems

No. 05 Caroline Knox

I packed up the books
Poetry

Cure

No. 05 ​Andrew McCord

It’s five o’clock, we’re walking in the sun / Down an over-wide, under-ridden road
Poetry

Two Poems

No. 05 Angie Yuan

The pieces that broke off the Song Dynasty / horse as it was crated from Hong / Kong to Norfolk
Poetry

Slow Demolition, Huron and State

No. 05 ​Aaron McCollough

The plaster / will come down in blue dust / with these hoses turned upon it / and the sun in its house
Poetry

The Virtues of Birds

No. 05 Craig Morgan Teicher

Two birds came upon a crust of bread lying on the path through the woods.
Poetry

De La Rue’s Envelope Machine

No. 05 Robyn Schiff

With 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
Fiction

The Old Man

No. 05 James Lasdun

The two women appeared in Conrad’s office late one afternoon in March.
Feature

Field Notes from a Treehouse

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
Fiction
Public Access

Door in Your Eye

No. 05 Wells Tower

That first evening in my new city, I had a phone call from my father, wanting to know how I was getting on.
Fiction

Cattle Haul

No. 05 Jesmyn Ward

It’s easier driving through the country, especially when you doing a cattle haul.
Feature

Secessionville

No. 05 Samantha Hunt

There is a tiny Southerner inside me.
Feature

Heads Up: Military Graffiti in Kuwait and Afghanistsan

No. 05 Steve Featherstone

Last July, I was stranded for a week at Camp Ali Al Salem, a U.S. military base in Kuwait.
Fiction

Lessons for a Dead Hare

No. 05 Mario Bellatin

In 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.
Feature
Public Access

Morphology of the Hit

No. 05 Leslie Jamison

We begin with the first function.
Feature

The Grief Work

No. 05 Peter Trachtenberg

“All his life Peter was afraid of flying,” Sally Goodrich said.
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