Douglas Crase on Michelle Jaffé’s Wappen Field; John Haskell in Los Angeles; Peter Orner in Chicago; Jessica Francis Kane on Thomas Lane; Tom Drury at the zoo; Hervé Guibert’s journals; poems from Palestine; stories by Patricio Pron and Christina Hesselholdt; poems by Suzanne Buffam, Monica Ferrell, Vijay Seshadri, and others; and introducing Megan Cummins.
No. 17 • Jessica Francis KaneThe white paper stood out among the faded posters announcing diversions she’d tried in years past—yoga, piano lessons, French conversation.
No. 17 • Peter OrnerHenry’s enemy lived next door.
No. 17 • John HaskellThe story I’m in begins, not at the beginning because there is no beginning, but I remember sitting behind a desk.
No. 17 • Adam ClayIt didn’t occur to me that I should miss / the sidewalks.
No. 17 • Vijay SeshadriNot just because of my cold, cold heart, / pumping absolute zero in the glacial void / do I not know anyone truly
No. 17 • Mark BibbinsFrankly I don’t follow this / strategy of yours
No. 17 • Suzanne BuffamPeople who live in glass houses should install blinds.
No. 17 • Brian BlanchfieldIt scarcely varies.
No. 17 • Monica FerrellYou tiny Nero among peacock silks
No. 17 • Brian Tearefrom my bed’s edge / I take a step / forward
No. 17 • Ghassan ZaqtanTiny mirrors released me into my mother’s palms
No. 17 • Douglas CraseI had the good luck to encounter Michelle Jaffé’s room-sized installation, Wappen Field, at the Bosi Contemporary gallery in New York early in August 2012.
No. 17 • Christina HesselholdtCharles is ill.
No. 17 • Tom DruryAt first the reading man sat at the bar.
No. 17 • Megan CumminsAll that vanished time rattled around inside him like engine knock.
No. 17 • Hervé GuibertI think that death, when it comes, is ardently desired by the body (abrupt spring shower), that it is just the respite from a fatal disgust.
No. 17 • Patricio PronWe opened the bottle and took a long sip before lying down on the grass and looking at the clouds:
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