No. 18

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.

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Radical Feminists

No. 18 Kate Walbert

Beatrice 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.
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The First Belief

No. 18 Bonnie Nadzam

William and Samuel Luce were national heroes.
Poetry

Two Poems

No. 18 Rae Armantrout

We are learning to control our thoughts / to set obtrusive thoughts aside.
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Two Poems

No. 18 Joanna Klink

I brought what I knew about the world to my daily life / and it failed me.
Poetry

Poem for John Locke

No. 18 Adam Fitzgerald

A sound mind in a sound body is a short / but full description of a happy state in this world.
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Two Poems

No. 18 Du Fu

Cypress is bitter but you can eat it.
Poetry

Two Poems

No. 18 Terrance Hayes

Sometimes I want a built-in scalp / that looks and feels like skin.
Poetry

Two Poems

No. 18 Michael Morse

Majesty, when you start lobbing statistics, / I feel a little like an understudy.
Fiction

Friends

No. 18 Magdaléna Platzová

A girl in Vienna, 1914.
Feature

A Supposed Person

No. 18 Brett Fletcher Lauer

Before I actually wrote a poem, I pretended to write poetry.
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A Signal to the Faithful

No. 18 Kevin Wilson

The first time Edwin passed out during mass, he could not determine whether the act made him more or less holy.
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The Investigators

No. 18 Andrea Barrett

Early that June, Constantine Boyd left Detroit with his usual trunk but got on a train headed east instead of west.
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The Island and the Boat

No. 18 Martha Cooley

Pine needles, dense underfoot.
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