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Fall 2011

"It had a great feeling of unreality": the designer Eva Zeisel's Soviet prison memoir; Teju Cole's epigraphs of the eye; John Haskell on joy; Therese Stanton on Walt Whitman; stories by Dorthe Nors, Peter Orner, Justin Tussing, and Jesmyn Ward; poems by Roberto Bolaño, Julie Carr, Billy Collins, and others.


Is That You, Walt Whitman?

Issue 14 Therese Stanton

At first he thought the men were naked.

Epigraphs of the Eye

Issue 14 Teju Cole

When I began to think about what to think about the tenth anniversary of the attacks, I went out walking.

Prison Memoir

Issue 14 Eva Zeisel

Memories of long ago are not true.

Prison Memoir: Epilogue I

Issue 14 Karen Kettering

I first met Eva Zeisel by chance.

Prison Memoir: Epilogue II

Issue 14 Jean Richards

I knew that Alexander Orlov, the author of A Secret History of Stalin's Crimes, had died, but I wondered whether there might be additional material about Eva's case in his notes.
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Karate Chop

Issue 14 Dorthe Nors

She had once been advised to listen well to what a man said just when he began to sense a woman was showing interest in him.

The Runner

Issue 14 Justin Tussing

The boy’s birth had been unreasonable, in all the ordinary ways.

Two Poems

Issue 14 Julie Carr

The carpenter will be arriving / Sometime after the holiday
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The Pier Leaps Out

Issue 14 ​Monica Fambrough

The pier leaps out / toward the ocean

Did You Ever Suspect Anything When You Were Growing Up?

Issue 14 ​H. L. Hix

It just started one day, that eerie screaming, / my inconsolability given voice, / given back as if from some bird or from trees.


Issue 14 ​David Gorin

This cigarette burns but is never consumed.


Issue 14 Billy Collins

Whatever it was that just flew out of my head / did not leave a trace, / not a contrail in the sky, / not a footprint in the new snow.

River Crossing

Issue 14 Brian Henry

There, where stones populate / the underneath, splay / rain as it blends & stops

Boxes with Respect to Emily Dickinson

Issue 14 Kimiko Hahn

Orangey orange glow inside a silver bowl and atop a silver neck.

Two Poems

Issue 14 Colette Inez

Born to the summer, guest of Castor and Pollux, / horseman and boxer.

Scottish Fleet Pattern Number Twenty-Four

Issue 14 Caroline Knox

A saltwater event, with its airs of tarred line and other fibers: / a storm, a sky of black nonchalance

From A Stroll Through Literature

Issue 14 Roberto Bolaño

I dreamt I was out walking on the boardwalk in New York and in the distance I could see the figure of Manuel Puig.

You Can’t Say Dallas Doesn’t Love You

Issue 14 Peter Orner

It is not our destiny here to get comfort from old familiar places.


Issue 14 Jesmyn Ward



Issue 14 John Haskell

I was in the center of Leipzig, coming out of a bookstore, and across the street from the bookstore a building was being demolished.
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