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.
No. 12 • Tom DruryTwo teachers, Dave and Jane, are talking in a high school lounge.
No. 12 • Julian GoughThe Book of Kells, in Trinity College, Dublin.
No. 12 • Yiyun LiWith Rabih Alameddine, Elizabeth Bowen, 2 Mary-Beth Hughes, Samantha Hunt, Peter Orner, Natasha Randall, Marisa Silver, and Corinna Vallianatos
No. 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.
No. 12 • Kiki DelanceyHe was big, but fragile.
No. 12 • Dorthe NorsIt was the night Dirch Passer the comedian died.
No. 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.
No. 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.
No. 12 • Noemie GoudalRelics of Desire
No. 12 • Adrienne RichThe I you know isn’t me, you said, truthtelling liar
No. 12 • Tomaž ŠalamunLord, jump from the elder tree, / let your feet and eyes flutter.
No. 12 • G.C. WaldrepOne country starts out as a bank / and ends up as a solarium.
No. 12 • Mary de RachewiltzThey’ll grow thin anyway
No. 12 • Nick FlynnImagine a glass of water, a drop of blood sus- / pended—dead center—one drop, watch it / dissolve.
No. 12 • Seamus HeaneyAsk me to translate what Loeb gives as / “In a retired vale... a sequestered grove”
No. 12 • James MeetzeAt once an utterance and then a song for / direction established like a compass magnet / to history’s repetitive north.
No. 12 • Karen VolkmanOr regality is the reigning / indemnity, this thread, as a silk strand / augments the meadow with its redness
No. 12 • Jeffrey LependorfMarcel Proust plans a party while Gabriel-Louis Pringué reminisces about parties attended by Proust.
No. 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.
No. 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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