24.1 - Winter/Spring 2012

Table of Contents

Authors in this issue: Pierre Peuchmaurd, Graham Foust, Solmaz Sharif, Ishion Hutchinson, Lily Brown, Edgar Bayley, Paul Hlava, Matthew Olzmann, Sharon Olds, Robert Ostrom, Geoffrey G. O'Brien, Sally Wen Mao, Carolyn Hembree, Alex Lemon, Stanley Plumly, L. S. McKee, Lynn Melnick, Dan Rosenberg, Andy Fitch, Joseph Chapman, Jason Ranon Uri Rotstein, Jesse Donaldson, Lytton Smith, Alex Stein, Mike White, David Rivard, Austen Rosenfeld, Laura Solomon, Charles Harper Webb, Nate Pritts, Jon Cotner and Andy Fitch, Danny Thanh Nguyen, Teresa Milbrodt, Mario Rosado, Ann Tashi Slater, Brian Van Reet, Rav Grewal-Kök, Michael Czyzniejewski, Niels Frank, Tristan Corbière, Tahir Hamut, Aviya Kushner, Dorthe Nors, Joe Bonomo, Lorraine Doran, Amaranth Borsuk, Elaine Bleakney, Christopher Buckley, Pilar Fraile Amador, Dot Devota, Elizabeth Arnold, Sherman Alexie, Chidelia Edochie, Katherine Dykstra, Stephanie Harrison, Kristen Radtke, Arianne Zwartjes, Andrew Feld,

Features

From "Hedge"

Pilar Fraile Amador

Features

Memories

Edgar Bayley

Features

Clarity

Edgar Bayley

Translated from the Spanish by Emily ToderClarity has always tempted meAnd clarity has at times denied meLike a bird that ?ies in dreamsAnd falls and keeps falling without ?ying like dead weightClarity has always tempted meEspecially the clarity…

Features

Diurnal Paris

Tristan Corbière

Features

From "Picture World"

Niels Frank

Features

Returning to Kashgar

Tahir Hamut

Features

From "Give Me Shelter"

Aviya Kushner

The Fascinating, Quirky, and Deeply American Effort To Help International Refugee Writers Make New Writing Lives in the United States        One afternoon, the doorman to my building in Chicago stopped me with visible insistence and handed…

Features

Hair Salon

Dorthe Nors

Features

It Will Come in My Left Lung

Pierre Peuchmaurd

Fiction

From "The Brother-in-Law and the Beach"

Michael Czyzniejewski

Oscar has stolen an eight-by-ten photo of his brother’s wife and keeps it with him in his house. The picture hails from Darla’s honeymoon to Jamaica, where Darla poses underneath a waterfall near a beach, clad in a forest green bikini, her…

Fiction

Prisoners

Rav Grewal-Kök

Fiction

Mothers

Teresa Milbrodt

Fiction

Engrish Lessons

Danny Thanh Nguyen

Fiction

Calm Edge of the Earth

Mario Rosado

Fiction

Travelers

Ann Tashi Slater

Fiction

The Window

Brian Van Reet

       Staff Sergeant Fitzpatrick tried to hold the memory, his eyes moving from the menu to his fiancée, to a rusty freight passing through the outskirts of Marathon, dotted with trailer parks and cement factories, into the Chihuahuan Desert.…

Non-Fiction

Live Nude Essay!

Joe Bonomo

       In the final chapter of his Greenwich Village memoir Kafka Was The Rage, Anatole Broyard describes the aching, joyous condition of sex in the years immediately following the Second World War. Even in a neighborhood we associate with…

Non-Fiction

From "A Film of Our Life, Played Backwards"

Lorraine Doran

Non-Fiction

Sum of His Parts

Katherine Dykstra

Non-Fiction

Sugar

Chidelia Edochie

Non-Fiction

Toadal Chaos

Stephanie Harrison

Non-Fiction

History of Rock

Kristen Radtke

Non-Fiction

This Suturing of Wounds or Words

Arianne Zwartjes

I. SkinMy friend Nina archives and restores old films. Their bodies accumulate everything from dust to mold to dirt, shrink and become brittle, crack or start to break apart. They’re decaying from old age. The sprockets along the edges rip…

Poetry

Punch

Sherman Alexie

Poetry

Trees

Elizabeth Arnold

Poetry

Day for Years of Distress

Elaine Bleakney

Poetry

A New Vessel

Amaranth Borsuk

A special commission looked into                         my lungs, crystal chandelierof swifts, a city, like Lwow, built                         around a leaven, ornate organ,pronounced me sound for study,                         body ready…

Poetry

Bee Belief

Lily Brown

Poetry

Katmandu Ars Poetica

Christopher Buckley

Poetry

The Logos

Jon Cotner and Andy Fitch

Poetry

Sarah Hand

Dot Devota

Poetry

Quarters

Andrew Feld

Poetry

OK Full Professor,

Graham Foust

I don’t mind your boring the fuck out of me.Backbone tucked behind the curtains of my lungs,I, my day rid completely of logistics,sit—and watch a maple seed screw its way down.

Poetry

Vicarious

Graham Foust

Before they were born—I shrink to admit this—whenever I thought of my kids getting sickor being injured or dying, I thought mostlyof the chances of my winding up in jail.Now they’re in front of me, running through some waves,and what I am…

Poetry

The Goner

Carolyn Hembree

Poetry

Kingdom Of

Paul Hlava

Poetry

There's a New Sheriff in Town

Paul Hlava

Poetry

News from Florence

Ishion Hutchinson

Poetry

Harlem Summer

Ishion Hutchinson

Poetry

Of Love Hot & Enormous

Alex Lemon

Poetry

XX

Sally Wen Mao

Poetry

Notes on the Healthy Mind

L. S. McKee

Poetry

Wallflower

Lynn Melnick

Poetry

Six Political Criteria

Geoffrey G. O'Brien

The world is still for you, the situationExcellent, there is only a percentChance of anything happening.Never before has our country beenSo sliding along its seven daysWithout a formula. The well plugged,House retaken, bargaining gone.We must…

Poetry

Left-Wife Goose

Sharon Olds

Hoddley, Poddley, Puddles and Fogs,Cats are to Marry the Poodle Dogs;Cats in Blue Jackets and Dogs in Red Hats,What Will Become of the Mice and Rats?    Had a trust fund, had a thief in,    Had a husband, could not keep him.Fiddle-Dee-Dee,…

Poetry

The Skull of an Unidentified Dinosaur

Matthew Olzmann

Poetry

The Sand

Stanley Plumly

Poetry

On Knowing How It Feels

Nate Pritts

Poetry

Freedom in the Midst

David Rivard

Poetry

Eat the Bones of the World

Dan Rosenberg

Eat the bones of the worldlike an unnatural mouthin the tricky posture of opening.The air stains your breathingwith cow manure smellon a western wind. So stop.Be no cattle nor cattle hand.So eat the radiant bones,the girding of the world.In…

Poetry

Um--

Austen Rosenfeld

Poetry

Master Film

Solmaz Sharif

Poetry

Dependers/Immediate Family

Solmaz Sharif

Poetry

What's in the Broth?

Laura Solomon

Poetry

Things We Know

Charles Harper Webb

Poetry

Pair

Mike White

Go find your mother’s legswas likeGo clean your room.Except you had no room.That was the difference.The room you didn’t havewas one placethey would not be.That was how thingscould be seen.You had no toys.They were made of wood.

Interviews

"Poetry Redressed": Jason Ranon Uri Rotstein…

Jason Ranon Uri Rotstein

       Considering its size and population, Iceland’s impact on the world’s stage has been proportionately large in the area of the arts. In the past few years, Iceland has put itself on the map in the areas of design and architecture, and…

Editor's Note

Faulty Magic: E. C. Osondu's "Voice of America"

Jesse Donaldson

E. C. Osondu, Voice of America.        HarperCollins, 2010. Hardcover, 224 pp., $19.99.       In 2009 E. C. Osondu, a Nigerian-born author who currently teaches in the states, won the British-based Caine Prize for African Literature. A year…

Editor's Note

Beyond the Word Exchange: Translation and the…

Lytton Smith

Greg Delanty and Michael Matto, Eds. The Word Exchange: Anglo-Saxon       Poems in Translation. W.W. Norton & Company, 2010. Hardcover, 557 pp, $35.00.       “It is written in scriptures that this / creature appears plainly to us”: so begins…