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.
Issue 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.
Issue 19 • Sandro VeronesiHe 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.
Issue 19 • J. Scott SmithSlowly, his vernacular began to change.
Issue 19 • Julie KantorI don’t think about things as / deeply as you
Issue 19 • Patrizia CavalliSomething that the object never can take in, / an empty bucket that won’t carry me.
Issue 19 • Anthony McCannif I close my eyes and hear / the city is right there
Issue 19 • Kimiko HahnBarley. Poppy. Then pomegranate. / Now front porch light.
Issue 19 • Robert FernandezI like the dog; it looks / As if it’s just lying there
Issue 19 • Lily BrownI heard the voice of reason / swerve bone-ward as it mouthed / the high hills of Art.
Issue 19 • Hilary Vaughn DobelWhen we say we don’t recall or can’t explain, we don’t / mean to be evasive.
Issue 19 • Joel RotenbergNot 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.
Issue 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
Issue 19 • Joseph O’MalleyHannah and Addy were at it again, and as usual James was right in the middle.
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