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Winter 2012

Maud Casey on Albert Dadas and the will to wonder; Leslie Jamison on the West Memphis Three; Joel Rotenberg translates Ernst Weiss; Martha Cooley reads Berlin Alexanderplatz; Jeroen Toirkens’s Nomads; stories by Mary-Beth Hughes, Tania James, and Sarah A. Strickley; poems by Timothy Donnelly, Jorie Graham, Matthea Harvey, W. G. Sebald, and others.


A Stubborn Desire

Issue 15 Maud Casey

The way of Saint James, a pilgrimage route culminating at the tomb of Saint James in Santiago Compostela in Spain, passed through Bordeaux during the Middle Ages.

Lost Cat

Issue 15 Mary-Beth Hughes

​Rosalyn hunched behind the wheel of her aging Saab and texted her children.

Woman Lives in House Made of People (Weekly World News)

Issue 15 Matthea Harvey

They were lonely. I was alone.

Libraries & Museums

Issue 15 Kathleen Ossip

Their hush and their order and their devotion to the past are a deep comfort to us.
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Crystalline Structure, Threat of Weather

Issue 15 Bin Ramke

Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet, a founder / of the first American school for / the deaf, Wallace Stevens, and Samuel Colt—three buried in Cedar Hill / Cemetery, Hartford, Connecticut.

Apologies from the Ground Up

Issue 15 Timothy Donnelly

The staircase hasn’t changed much through the centuries

Two Poems

Issue 15 Stefania Heim

The sea swallows bodies / and spits them out smarter

Three Poems

Issue 15 W. G. Sebald

like Kafka’s essay / on Goethe’s abominable / nature
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The Bird That Begins It

Issue 15 Jorie Graham

In the world-famous night which is already flinging away bits of dark

The Collapse

Issue 15 Sarah A. Strickley

There is no light in the hole.

Jeroen Toirkens’s Nomads

Issue 15 Jelle Brandt Corstius

The major part of our work consists of waiting.


Issue 15 Jeroen Toirkens


The Poor Prodigal

Issue 15 Ernst Weiss

Writing was always an illicit pleasure for me.

The Scriptological Review

Issue 15 Tania James

This is not a guide to good handwriting.

Lost Boys

Issue 15 Leslie Jamison

The first film begins with bicycles salvaged from a muddy creek.

Praise Song for Berlin Alexanderplatz

Issue 15 Martha Cooley

Games I play while riding the subway: Check out the passengers, decide which are adulterers.
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