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A Public Space

No. 17

Winter 2013

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.

 

Table of Contents



 

Fiction

American Lawn

The white paper stood out among the faded posters announcing diversions she’d tried in years past—yoga, piano lessons, French conversation.

Jessica Francis Kane


 

Fiction

Railroad Men’s Home

Henry’s enemy lived next door.

Peter Orner


 

Fiction

DOA

The story I’m in begins, not at the beginning because there is no beginning, but I remember sitting behind a desk.

John Haskell


 

Poetry

Missing Things

It didn’t occur to me that I should miss / the sidewalks.

Adam Clay


 

Poetry

Knowing

Not just because of my cold, cold heart, / pumping absolute zero in the glacial void / do I not know anyone truly

Vijay Seshadri


 

Poetry

In Which the Pathetic Fallacy Wants to Even More

Frankly I don’t follow this / strategy of yours

Mark Bibbins


 

Poetry

Altered Proverbs

People who live in glass houses should install blinds.

​Suzanne Buffam


 

Poetry

From the Dictionary of the History of Ideas: Casuistry

It scarcely varies.

Brian Blanchfield


 

Poetry

In the Fetus Museum

You tiny Nero among peacock silks

Monica Ferrell


 

Poetry

Three Poems

A little mark shines between your fluttering eyelids.

Pierre Reverdy


 

Poetry

Sever Sonnet

Fire / Wall and wall / -flower, you, a blossom of ice at the frontier

Andrew Zawacki


 

Poetry

Survey

No one uses the running path / anymore

Elizabeth Willis


 

Poetry

Two Poems

from my bed’s edge / I take a step / forward

Brian Teare


 

Poetry

Two Poems

Tiny mirrors released me into my mother’s palms

Ghassan Zaqtan


 

Feature

Aperture on a Virtual Field

I 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.

​Douglas Crase


 

Fiction

Camilla—and the Rest of the Party

Charles is ill.

Christina Hesselholdt


 

Fiction

Misty and the Argonauts

At first the reading man sat at the bar.

Tom Drury


 

Fiction

We Are Holding Our Own

All that vanished time rattled around inside him like engine knock.

Megan Cummins


 

Feature

Public Access

The Mausoleum of Lovers

I 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.

Hervé Guibert


 

Fiction

Something in Us Wants to Be Saved

We opened the bottle and took a long sip before lying down on the grass and looking at the clouds:

Patricio Pron

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