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I still had the Piedmontese capital in my mind; the monarchic city with its piazzas inhabited by scientists and kings, by politicians and by warriors motionless in tired and solemn poses on their pedestals of stone, I still had in mind all of the strange lyricism of its fateful geometric construction.
—Giorgio de Chirico

Note
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Public Space

No. 26 Brigid Hughes

Art

Super Sad Flowers

No. 26 Nikki Maloof

Fiction

Do Not Let Mother Dear Find Us

No. 26 Yiyun Li

Here I was, holding on to my attentiveness.
Image

Untitled, 1988

No. 26 Fred Sandback

Painting

Le Rodeur: The Exchange

No. 26 Lubaina Himid

Cities

Vale Lutetia

No. 26 Giorgio de Chirico

The suburbs of the avant-city appeared to me suddenly speckled with singing colors, papered with charming surprises.
Fiction
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Our Experience of Being Alive and Having to Breathe

No. 26 Lea Carpenter

Which is to say, a big struggle begat a little struggle begat a boy who dreamed of living in America, struggle free.
Photography

Cy + Relics, Rome, 1952

No. 26 Robert Rauschenberg

Fiction

Woman Sleeping

No. 26 Teolinda Gersão

"Bodies are difficult," said the woman when the child finally slipped inside the dream.
Fiction

San Juan

No. 26 Eduardo Lalo

Exile had a way of provoking contempt. One lived far away because one couldn't live inside.
City-Building

American Townscape [1953]

No. 26 Christopher Tunnard

A cheerful optimism and an expanding economy have fostered the idea that technology can be harnessed to overcome any difficulty.
Syllabus

Aggregates, Amalgams, Allotropes

No. 26 Lydia Xynogala

How can matter tell a story?
Document

Juxtapositions

No. 26 Russell Atkins

Art does not have to "work." It is. It's not created, necessarily, for the public to decide whether it "works" or not.
Letters

I Had Been Meaning to Write

No. 26 Bette Howland

Stop the presses! I thought of a better word! Almost the right one!
Fiction

In a Deer Stand

No. 26 Dorthe Nors

It's a question of time. Sooner or later, somebody will show up.
Fiction

Contract Work

No. 26 Bonnie Nadzam

And then what, they all say together, and repeat it again and again, and then what, and then what, and then what.
Public Assembly

Audience, Crowd, and State

No. 26 Bruce Barber

There are people who are frightened by the very idea of being part of an audience.
Poetry

The Infinities

No. 26 Joanna Klink

All the days you have / ever breathed are swallows / shooting between trees.
Poetry

Missing File #1: Woolly Rhinoceros / Ancient Cavity Tooth

No. 26 Alison Powell

To give oneself is a way to say one’s self can be gifted, like the hollowed-out horn.
Poetry

For You I’ve Started Sleeping

No. 26 Kaveh Akbar

if I loved you for your beauty? / there are worse reasons to love
Poetry

Epithalamion

No. 26 Fady Joudah

That this is love’s profession, our scents / on pillows displace our alphabet to grass
Poetry

Amuse-Bouche

No. 26 Max Ritvo

But each plate obliterates the last / until I no longer mourn the destroyed plate.
Poetry

The Covered-Up Clock

No. 26 Zsuzsa Takács

And, although inaudible, still they are calling you.
Poetry

Venus Surrender

No. 26 Jordan Joy Hewson

I will love because it has been detected as the second / brightest octave to exist in the sky
Poetry

When the Other Man Asked Him Did He Pray

No. 26 Richard Robbins

All those miles down the boulevard, numbers counting down by twos.
Photography

The Last of Us Are Barely Here

No. 26 Mark Hage

Fellow
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Meeting Points: Between and In Between Subject and Object

No. 26 Cleo Mikutta

The articulation of a word dissolves, and the most carefully strung together sentence falls apart.
Fellow
Public Access

Bergtagen

No. 26 Phoebe McIlwain Bright

She had never liked the dark and the feeling that anything could be in it.
Fellow
Public Access

Other Homes

No. 26 Mindy Wong

This belief that luck was attainable.
Proposals

Interiors

No. 26 Melissa McGraw & Will Fryer

These are the original ceilings. They attract our eyes.
Poetry

Three Poems

No. 26 Li Qingzhao

Longing saturates the world.
Fiction

Refugees

No. 26 Thanassis Valtinos

I still don’t know how we had come to this.
Convening

Delegates

No. 26 Ernest Thompson

Research

Main Streets

No. 26 Mindy Fullilove

The world pivots around Main Street.
Travel Diary

Journey Along the Sea Road

No. 26

The human heart is more treacherous than these waters.
Poetry

La Bête Noire

No. 26 Marcel Broodthaers

The animals of the zodiac do not determine destiny.
Painting

Moon Altar

No. 26 Nikki Maloof

Painting

Interior with Calder Mobile

No. 26 Elizabeth Bishop

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