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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.

If You See Something

Overheard: Tom Drury on the Comfort of Disapproval

No. 12 Tom Drury

Two teachers, Dave and Jane, are talking in a high school lounge.
If You See Something

Gold and Azure Beasts: Julian Gough Assesses the Damage

No. 12 Julian Gough

The Book of Kells, in Trinity College, Dublin.
If You See Something
Public Access

If You See Something, Don’t Say Something: Yiyun Li Describes an Imagined Panel

No. 12 Yiyun Li

With Rabih Alameddine, Elizabeth Bowen, 2 Mary-Beth Hughes, Samantha Hunt, Peter Orner, Natasha Randall, Marisa Silver, and Corinna Vallianatos

Joan Comes Home

No. 12 Tom Drury

One 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.

A Good Six-Two

No. 12 Kiki Delancey

He was big, but fragile.

The Winter Garden

No. 12 Dorthe Nors

It was the night Dirch Passer the comedian died.

Here is the Evidence

No. 12 Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts

A 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 Engel

Sometimes 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.

Les Amants

No. 12 Noemie Goudal

Relics of Desire

Two Poems

No. 12 Lynn Melnick

Mostly you just disappear.

Axel Avákar (Fictive Poet, Counter-Muse, Brother)

No. 12 Adrienne Rich

The I you know isn’t me, you said, truthtelling liar

Russian Valley

No. 12 Tomaž Šalamun

Lord, jump from the elder tree, / let your feet and eyes flutter.

Scandinavian Skies

No. 12 G. C. Waldrep

One country starts out as a bank / and ends up as a solarium.

Three Poems

No. 12 Mary de Rachewiltz

They’ll grow thin anyway

Pulse (Hidden Bird)

No. 12 Nick Flynn

Imagine a glass of water, a drop of blood sus- / pended—dead center—one drop, watch it / dissolve.

The Riverbank Field

No. 12 Seamus Heaney

Ask me to translate what Loeb gives as / “In a retired vale... a sequestered grove”

An Historie, An Inverse Structure

No. 12 James Meetze

At once an utterance and then a song for / direction established like a compass magnet / to history’s repetitive north.

The Queen’s Queen

No. 12 Karen Volkman

Or regality is the reigning / indemnity, this thread, as a silk strand / augments the meadow with its redness

Dining with Proust

No. 12 Jeffrey Lependorf

Marcel Proust plans a party while Gabriel-Louis Pringué reminisces about parties attended by Proust.

Why I Sing

No. 12 Sarah Manguso

By 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.

Panorama City

No. 12 Antoine Wilson

If 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.

The Persistence of Muybridge

No. 12 John Haskell

I’ve been trying, for more than six years, to write an essay or story or something about Eadweard Muybridge.
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