A Public Space
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.
Table of Contents
If You See Something
The Failure Bubble: It’s 1998 All Over Again
I 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.
If You See Something
More Geese Than Swans: At Play in the Fields of Cinnabar
The American Legion’s club 432 holds a book sale every summer in the Veteran’s Memorial Hall in Cambria.
If You See Something
My father requested a witness cremation.
Of Strange Lands and People
A man rides backward in a packed subway car.
Someone Ought to Tell Her There’s Nowhere to Go
Georgie knew before he left that Lanae would be fucking Kenny by the time he got back to Virginia.
Love 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.
May my enemy be assuaged by these waves / because they are beautiful even to his evil
Through God’s grace / the little drops came down, and the spectacle / of human science blabbered on, just waiting / for something to witness up close.
There are too many cedars here / hiding the sun hovering / over the dead
Both of them hide something, / That is why they move in such harmony.
A Equals All of a Sudden
At work one night / A truck driver had a truck / All of a sudden.
dancing in the dark / just two double-spaced antelopes / falling into the idea that art / is somewhere out there in the woods
Stranger, I’ve locked the door / to our ocean room.
In the Barracks: A Found Poem
They 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.
The Ex-Cárcel of Valparaíso
And so it was agreed / the empty prison would be reopened / for festivals
Lullaby on the Marsh
Slack 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
What is needed is a recognizable molecule that carries the unstable / promise to the brain.
A Bird Loose in the House
The frame—a grid—contrives a theater, / The specter of narrative: / A shadow play / Alive on a curtain alive with wind.
The Last Word is Emma’s
The moment the anglers / pulled their net ashore / it broke, and when we / called you up, the line / was engaged.
I am moved by morning / As the egg is moved / By skillet’s heat
The boat left at eight a.m., and that wouldn’t have presented a problem, or not especially, if Damian hadn’t been in town.
Cairo 2010: After Kefaya—Brian T. Edwards Introduces the Next Generation
You are stuck in traffic in downtown Cairo.
Looks Like It’s Falling Apart: An Introduction
I am the son of the generation who got the shock of multimedia in my face after university.
Selma sat on the balcony of her father’s house reading Márquez’s Love in the Time of Cholera.
Bordering the Marvelous
Hilal had two memories of his childhood he could never forget.
Ahmed Alaidy in Conversation with Ibrahim El Batout
Ibrahim El Batout has been shot twice.
In the Absolute
Oh dark day…What are all these entangled relationships I find myself in, which each day get more entangled than the day before…
The Parkour War
Morning... Like any filthy morning, people feeding off of other people...
Young Lover, New Lover
When she’d been there alone with the cat and it had bit her playfully, a shudder had run through her body.
All the Best Stories Are True
These are the facts, my friend, and I must have faith in them.
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