No. 19

A portrait of Ernst Weiss by his friends, enemies, and critics, including Franz Kafka, Stefan Zweig and the author himself; Yiyun Li on time; Goli Taraghi in Tehran; Robert Sullivan on the invisible ecology of cities; Jorie Graham and Rosanna Warren translate Patrizia Cavalli; fiction by Tom Drury and Sandro Veronesi; poetry by Kimiko Hahn and Robert Fernandez; and introducing J. Scott Smith.



No. 19 Tom Drury

Amy wins a goldfish at the county fair.

Dear Friend, from My Life I Write to You in Your Life

No. 19 Yiyun Li

My first encounter with before and after was in one of the fashion magazines my friends told me to subscribe to when I came to America.

A Phone Call from Heaven

No. 19 Sandro Veronesi

He had lost his ticket, found it at the last minute, but then forgotten it at the hotel and had to turn around to pick it up, missing his plane by the time he made it back to the airport.

Up in the Gun

No. 19 J. Scott Smith

Slowly, his vernacular began to change.

I’ll Bury Your Body in a Shallow Pit of Sand

No. 19 Julie Kantor

I don’t think about things as / deeply as you

Two Poems

No. 19 Patrizia Cavalli

Something that the object never can take in, / an empty bucket that won’t carry me.

The City

No. 19 Anthony McCann

if I close my eyes and hear / the city is right there

Two Poems

No. 19 Kimiko Hahn

Barley. Poppy. Then pomegranate. / Now front porch light.

The Department of the Interior

No. 19 Eric Kocher

I’m not even sure I believe / in boundaries

Tongue Out (Beginning with a Line by the Painter Francis Bacon)

No. 19 Robert Fernandez

I like the dog; it looks / As if it’s just lying there

Venus Transit

No. 19 Lily Brown

I heard the voice of reason / swerve bone-ward as it mouthed / the high hills of Art.


No. 19 Hilary Vaughn Dobel

When we say we don’t recall or can’t explain, we don’t / mean to be evasive.

Between the Golem’s Teeth: A Portrait of Ernst Weiss

No. 19 Joel Rotenberg

Not all writers feel fiction is the place to directly take stock of their social surroundings, no matter how out of hand things may be getting.


No. 19 Kate Browne

“In many instances, awareness of place is brief and unselfconscious, a fleeting moment (a flash of recognition, a trace of memory) that is swiftly replaced by awareness of something else.... But now and again, and sometimes without apparent cause, awareness is seized—arrested—and the place on which it settles becomes an object of spontaneous reflection and resonating sentiment.” —Keith Basso


No. 19 Joseph O’Malley

Hannah and Addy were at it again, and as usual James was right in the middle.

The Pear Tree

No. 19 Goli Taraghi

What a blessing to be here, in the garden of my childhood.

Street Life: The Invisible Ecology of Cities

No. 19 Robert Sullivan

Like life, a city requires imagination.
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