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A Public Space

No. 15

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.

 

Table of Contents



 

Feature

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.

Maud Casey


 

Fiction

Lost Cat

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

Mary-Beth Hughes


 

Poetry

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

They were lonely. I was alone.

Matthea Harvey


 

Poetry

Libraries & Museums

Their hush and their order and their devotion to the past are a deep comfort to us.

Kathleen Ossip


 

Poetry

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.

Bin Ramke


 

Poetry

Apologies from the Ground Up

The staircase hasn’t changed much through the centuries

Timothy Donnelly


 

Poetry

Two Poems

The sea swallows bodies / and spits them out smarter

Stefania Heim


 

Poetry

Three Poems

like Kafka’s essay / on Goethe’s abominable / nature

W. G. Sebald


 

Fiction

The Collapse

There is no light in the hole.

Sarah A. Strickley


 

Poetry

The Bird That Begins It

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

Jorie Graham


 

Art

Jeroen Toirkens’s Nomads

The major part of our work consists of waiting.

Jelle Brandt Corstius


 

Art

Nomads

Jeroen Toirkens


 

Fiction

The Poor Prodigal

Writing was always an illicit pleasure for me.

Ernst Weiss


 

Fiction

The Scriptological Review

This is not a guide to good handwriting.

Tania James


 

Feature

Lost Boys

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

Leslie Jamison


 

Feature

Praise Song for Berlin Alexanderplatz

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

Martha Cooley

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