Luc Sante translates Arthur Rimbaud; John Ashbery translates Pierre Martory; Italy Abroad, a portfolio by Will Schutt with Antonio Tabucchi, Salvatore Niffoi, Dacia Maraini, and others; an illustrated guide to running for mayor in Chicago by Peter Orner and Eric Orner; Peyton Marshall on famous ancestors and familial bonds; Keith Lee Morris drives blind; Dubravka Ugresic sets off alarms; stories by Gary Amdahl, Sana Krasikov, and more.
No. 06 • Dubravka UgresicI was in Stockholm recently.
No. 06 • Colleen KinderBright: How I’d describe the sky over Reykjavik at 11:36 pm.
No. 06 • Keith Lee MorrisI was sitting in the living room the other night trying to get through Middlemarch, the same thing I’ve been doing for most of this decade, and my ten-year-old son and his buddy kept interrupting to ask questions as part of this game they were playing.
No. 06 • Peyton MarshallIn September 2003, the descendants of John Marshall, the fourth and arguably greatest Chief Justice of the United States, gathered at the Richmond Marriott for a weekend of cocktails and lectures.
No. 06 • Arthur RimbaudMy sad heart slobbers on the deck, / My heart all smeared with navy plug
No. 06 • Pierre MartoryThe bridge once passed
No. 06 • Tom YuillMy friend, I could wander / Around out here for years
No. 06 • Billy CollinsIt is difficult to write an aubade, / a song about noon, or a few crepuscular lines
No. 06 • Cathy Park HongI was almost completed, but I could not blink.
No. 06 • Zach BarocasMesmerizing / & insistent as they might / be, even educated hands are / not thoughtful.
No. 06 • Claire HeroDusk births a weird teeming.
No. 06 • Major JacksonI’m glum about your sportive flesh in the empire of blab, / And the latest guy running his trendy tongue like a tantalizing surge / Over your molars, how droll.
No. 06 • Preeta SamarasanLast weekend Sugu went back to Ipoh town.
No. 06 • Will SchuttItaly is a country awash in contradictions: short on nationhood, long on national heritage; Catholic in name and skeptical by nature; intensely proud yet eager to point out its own flaws; a place too puzzling for words that nonetheless elicits the unequivocal sigh, Only in Italy.
No. 06 • Antonio TabucchiFor starters, he would tell him that what he liked best about the new house was the view of the Unter den Linden, because it made him feel at home still.
No. 06 • Marcello FoisOne evening a few years ago in March, I drove from Bologna to Ferrara.
No. 06 • Antonio ScuratiFor the past few years, Antonio Scurati has engaged in a pointed, provocative controversy with what might be called the old guard of the Italian intelligentsia, which Scurati considers to be locked into useless, obsolete forms of political and cultural engagement.
No. 06 • Salvatore NiffoiHis eighth novel, Return to Baraule, opens in typical Niffoi fashion: a mysterious figure, Carmine Pullana, sickly, sixty years old, arrives in a backwater island village called Baraule.
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