A Public Space
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.
Table of Contents
A Stubborn Desire
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.
Rosalyn hunched behind the wheel of her aging Saab and texted her children.
Woman Lives in House Made of People (Weekly World News)
They were lonely. I was alone.
Libraries & Museums
Their hush and their order and their devotion to the past are a deep comfort to us.
Crystalline Structure, Threat of Weather
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
The staircase hasn’t changed much through the centuries
The sea swallows bodies / and spits them out smarter
like Kafka’s essay / on Goethe’s abominable / nature
The Bird That Begins It
In the world-famous night which is already flinging away bits of dark
There is no light in the hole.
Jeroen Toirkens’s Nomads
The major part of our work consists of waiting.
The Poor Prodigal
Writing was always an illicit pleasure for me.
The Scriptological Review
This is not a guide to good handwriting.
The first film begins with bicycles salvaged from a muddy creek.
Praise Song for Berlin Alexanderplatz
Games I play while riding the subway: Check out the passengers, decide which are adulterers.
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