Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts in Harlem; Antoine Wilson in Panorama City; John Haskell on Eadweard Muybridge; Sarah Manguso with Evgeny Kissin; Jeffrey Lependorf's dinner with Marcel Proust; Tom Drury's Darlings; Noemie Goudal's Les Amants; fiction by Kiki Delancey, Patricia Engel, and Dorthe Nors; poems by Seamus Heaney, Adrienne Rich, Karen Volkman, G.C. Waldrep, and others.
Issue 12 • Tom DruryTwo teachers, Dave and Jane, are talking in a high school lounge.
Issue 12 • Julian GoughThe Book of Kells, in Trinity College, Dublin.
Issue 12 • Yiyun LiWith Rabih Alameddine, Elizabeth Bowen, 2 Mary-Beth Hughes, Samantha Hunt, Peter Orner, Natasha Randall, Marisa Silver, and Corinna Vallianatos
Issue 12 • Tom DruryOne spring, after being gone seven years, the actress Joan Gower returned to Grouse County to get her son and take him back to California to live with her.
Issue 12 • Kiki DelanceyHe was big, but fragile.
Issue 12 • Dorthe NorsIt was the night Dirch Passer the comedian died.
Issue 12 • Sharifa Rhodes-PittsA friend of mine describes certain cities as being full—too much has happened there, you cannot move. Paris, he says, is the quintessentially full city. I suspect he'd say Harlem is another place that is too full.
Issue 12 • Patricia EngelSometimes love hits you like a drunk driver on Memorial Day weekend. A tragedy, really, but you don't care because you're the victim and beyond hope anyway.
Issue 12 • Noemie GoudalRelics of Desire
Issue 12 • Lynn MelnickMostly you just disappear.
Issue 12 • Adrienne RichThe I you know isn’t me, you said, truthtelling liar
Issue 12 • Tomaž ŠalamunLord, jump from the elder tree, / let your feet and eyes flutter.
Issue 12 • G.C. WaldrepOne country starts out as a bank / and ends up as a solarium.
Issue 12 • Mary de RachewiltzThey’ll grow thin anyway
Issue 12 • Nick FlynnImagine a glass of water, a drop of blood sus- / pended—dead center—one drop, watch it / dissolve.
Issue 12 • Seamus HeaneyAsk me to translate what Loeb gives as / “In a retired vale... a sequestered grove”
Issue 12 • James MeetzeAt once an utterance and then a song for / direction established like a compass magnet / to history’s repetitive north.
Issue 12 • Karen VolkmanOr regality is the reigning / indemnity, this thread, as a silk strand / augments the meadow with its redness
Issue 12 • Jeffrey LependorfMarcel Proust plans a party while Gabriel-Louis Pringué reminisces about parties attended by Proust.
Issue 12 • Sarah MangusoBy high school I had a composition teacher, an ensemble teacher, a theory teacher, and a studio teacher, but what I really needed was a psychiatrist.
Issue 12 • Antoine WilsonIf you set aside love and friendship and the bonds of family, luck, religion, spirituality, the desire to better mankind, and music, and the arts, and obtaining food by hunting and fishing and farming, self-importance, so-called glory, and public and private transportation from buses to bicycles, if you set all that aside, money is what makes the world go around.
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