A Public Space
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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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.
The First Belief
William and Samuel Luce were national heroes.
We are learning to control our thoughts / to set obtrusive thoughts aside.
I brought what I knew about the world to my daily life / and it failed me.
Poem for John Locke
A sound mind in a sound body is a short / but full description of a happy state in this world.
Cypress is bitter but you can eat it.
Translated from the Chinese by Aaron Crippen
Sometimes I want a built-in scalp / that looks and feels like skin.
Majesty, when you start lobbing statistics, / I feel a little like an understudy.
A girl in Vienna, 1914.
Translated from the Czech by Craig Cravens
A Supposed Person
Before I actually wrote a poem, I pretended to write poetry.
A Signal to the Faithful
The first time Edwin passed out during mass, he could not determine whether the act made him more or less holy.
Early that June, Constantine Boyd left Detroit with his usual trunk but got on a train headed east instead of west.
The Island and the Boat
Pine needles, dense underfoot.
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