Martha Cooley on the Costa Concordia; Brett Fletcher Lauer on how to write a love letter; Kate Walbert's radical feminists; Andrea Barrett's investigators; stories by Bonnie Nadzam and Kevin Wilson; Aaron Crippen translates Du Fu; poems by Rae Armantrout, Terrance Hayes, Joanna Klink, and others; and introducing Magdaléna Platzová.
Issue 18 • Kate WalbertBeatrice Wells is on her way to Bryant Park with her boys, ice-skating, Saturday afternoon, when she bumps, literally, into Jonathan Fontaine, his hair, though thinner, still as his name would suggest, puffed, coiffed, as if Jonathan Fontaine has just stepped out of a Dr. Seuss story or a zany French farce.
Issue 18 • Bonnie NadzamWilliam and Samuel Luce were national heroes.
Issue 18 • Rae ArmantroutWe are learning to control our thoughts / to set obtrusive thoughts aside.
Issue 18 • Joanna KlinkI brought what I knew about the world to my daily life / and it failed me.
Issue 18 • Adam FitzgeraldA sound mind in a sound body is a short / but full description of a happy state in this world.
Issue 18 • Terrance HayesSometimes I want a built-in scalp / that looks and feels like skin.
Issue 18 • Michael MorseMajesty, when you start lobbing statistics, / I feel a little like an understudy.
Issue 18 • Brett Fletcher LauerBefore I actually wrote a poem, I pretended to write poetry.
Issue 18 • Kevin WilsonThe first time Edwin passed out during mass, he could not determine whether the act made him more or less holy.
Issue 18 • Andrea BarrettEarly that June, Constantine Boyd left Detroit with his usual trunk but got on a train headed east instead of west.
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