"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.
No. 14 • Therese StantonAt first he thought the men were naked.
No. 14 • Teju ColeWhen I began to think about what to think about the tenth anniversary of the attacks, I went out walking.
No. 14 • Eva ZeiselMemories of long ago are not true.
No. 14 • Dorthe NorsShe 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.
No. 14 • Justin TussingThe boy’s birth had been unreasonable, in all the ordinary ways.
No. 14 • Julie CarrThe carpenter will be arriving / Sometime after the holiday
No. 14 • Monica FambroughThe pier leaps out / toward the ocean
No. 14 • H. L. HixIt just started one day, that eerie screaming, / my inconsolability given voice, / given back as if from some bird or from trees.
No. 14 • David GorinThis cigarette burns but is never consumed.
No. 14 • Billy CollinsWhatever 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.
No. 14 • Brian HenryThere, where stones populate / the underneath, splay / rain as it blends & stops
No. 14 • Kimiko HahnOrangey orange glow inside a silver bowl and atop a silver neck.
No. 14 • Colette InezBorn to the summer, guest of Castor and Pollux, / horseman and boxer.
No. 14 • Caroline KnoxA saltwater event, with its airs of tarred line and other fibers: / a storm, a sky of black nonchalance
No. 14 • Roberto BolañoI dreamt I was out walking on the boardwalk in New York and in the distance I could see the figure of Manuel Puig.
No. 14 • Peter OrnerIt is not our destiny here to get comfort from old familiar places.
No. 14 • Jesmyn Ward“Goddammit!”
No. 14 • John HaskellI 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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