Politics and Pop: Brian T. Edwards on the making and censoring of art in Cairo; Antoine Wilson at Valhalla; Steve Powers's love letters; All the Best Stories Are True: a manifesto by David Shields; new fiction from T. C. Boyle, Danielle Evans, and Richard Powers; and poems by Derek Walcott, Idra Novey, Mary Jo Bang, and others.
Issue 09 • Benjamin AnastasI hadn’t planned on publishing a novel about the consolations of failure just as the dot-com bubble was inflating and the startup money was beginning to scrub the city stupid block by block.
Issue 09 • Gary AmdahlThe American Legion’s club 432 holds a book sale every summer in the Veteran’s Memorial Hall in Cambria.
Issue 09 • Antoine WilsonMy father requested a witness cremation.
Issue 09 • Richard PowersA man rides backward in a packed subway car.
Issue 09 • Danielle EvansGeorgie knew before he left that Lanae would be fucking Kenny by the time he got back to Virginia.
Issue 09 • Steve PowersLove Letter is being painted from Forty-fifth Street to Sixty-third Street on the rooftops and walls of Market Street in West Philadelphia—fifty murals, created by Stephen Powers, who has done similar projects in Dublin and Belfast.
Issue 09 • Derek WalcottMay my enemy be assuaged by these waves / because they are beautiful even to his evil
Issue 09 • Joshua BeckmanThrough God’s grace / the little drops came down, and the spectacle / of human science blabbered on, just waiting / for something to witness up close.
Issue 09 • Maureen N. McLaneThere are too many cedars here / hiding the sun hovering / over the dead
Issue 09 • Aleš ŠtegerBoth of them hide something, / That is why they move in such harmony.
Issue 09 • Mary Jo BangAt work one night / A truck driver had a truck / All of a sudden.
Issue 09 • Jennifer ChangStranger, I’ve locked the door / to our ocean room.
Issue 09 • Wayne MillerThey had been in the country only for a few days when the hills began pricking into the barracks (which once had been university classrooms) with sniper fire.
Issue 09 • Idra NoveyAnd so it was agreed / the empty prison would be reopened / for festivals
Issue 09 • Sally KeithSlack at the end of the lasso’s loop / before the wrist is snapped / Shape of the wave underneath the wave / before the crescent topples over
Issue 09 • Joel CraigWhat is needed is a recognizable molecule that carries the unstable / promise to the brain.
Issue 09 • Eric PankeyThe frame—a grid—contrives a theater, / The specter of narrative: / A shadow play / Alive on a curtain alive with wind.
Issue 09 • Robb St. LawrenceThe moment the anglers / pulled their net ashore / it broke, and when we / called you up, the line / was engaged.
Issue 09 • Loren GoodmanI am moved by morning / As the egg is moved / By skillet’s heat
Issue 09 • T.C. BoyleThe boat left at eight a.m., and that wouldn’t have presented a problem, or not especially, if Damian hadn’t been in town.
Issue 09You are stuck in traffic in downtown Cairo.
Issue 09 • Omar TaherI am the son of the generation who got the shock of multimedia in my face after university.
Issue 09 • Mansoura Ez-EldinSelma sat on the balcony of her father’s house reading Márquez’s Love in the Time of Cholera.
Issue 09 • Mohamed Al-FakhranyHilal had two memories of his childhood he could never forget.
Issue 09 • Ibrahim El BatoutIbrahim El Batout has been shot twice.
Issue 09 • Khalid KassabOh dark day…What are all these entangled relationships I find myself in, which each day get more entangled than the day before…
Issue 09 • Ahmed AlaidyMorning... Like any filthy morning, people feeding off of other people...
Issue 09 • Muhammad AladdinWhen she’d been there alone with the cat and it had bit her playfully, a shudder had run through her body.
Issue 09 • David ShieldsThese are the facts, my friend, and I must have faith in them.
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