27.1 - Winter/Spring 2015

Table of Contents

  • Editor's Note

    Martin Rock, Adrienne Perry, Carlos Hernandez

  • Engagement Party, Georgia

    Raena Shirali

  • Kansas, America, 1899

    Edward McPherson

  • Love Drones

    Noam Dorr

  • A Manifesto for Interpretation as Instigation

    Antena

  • Mexa’ bidó’

    Natalia Toledo

  • La Mesa De Santos

    Natalia Toledo

  • Altar

    Natalia Toledo

  • Antibody

    Kelle Groom

  • Hadji

    Eric McMillan

  • Mermaid and Knife

    Caitlin Horrocks

  • Lucky You

    Lois Taylor

  • Edna in Rain

    Marie-Helene Bertino

  • The Phantom Wing

    Juan Villoro

  • A Slow Kind of Unravelling

    Amy Butcher

  • Explode

    Jonathan Callard

  • Bealton

    Jessica McCaughey

  • Hidden Cartographies

    Rachel Yoder

  • 12 Things I Know about the Life of Poetry

    Tony Hoagland

  • Golden Hour

    Camille Rankine

  • Coincidentia Oppositorum

    Camille Rankine

  • Memento

    Rachel Linnea Brown

  • The Cycle of the Dragonfly

    CJ Evans

  • Alone on the Ark with Sirius

    CJ Evans

  • Another Letter to the Soul

    Melissa Kwasny

  • Contradictions in the Design

    Matthew Olzmann

  • Elegy where Small Towns Are [...]

    Matthew Olzmann

  • Addling

    Alicia Rebecca Myers

  • The Shadow

    Cyrus Cassells

  • The Red-Haired Puppet

    Cyrus Cassells

  • Fishhook

    Hafizah Geter

  • Upon Seeing the Knife

    Hafizah Geter

  • Tippi of Africa

    Diana Khoi Nguyen

  • Bat House

    Billy Merrell

  • Night at Ocean Corner and Women

    Lü De'an

  • Jonestown, 1978

    Aníbal Cristobo

  • Two at the Edge of a Pool

    Aníbal Cristobo

  • Hard Soft Bodies

    Emily Wolahan

  • Exuent

    Emily Wolahan

  • Sentimental Education

    V. Penelope Pelizzon

  • Barchan

    V. Penelope Pelizzon

  • Georg Trakl in the Green Sun

    Dorothea Lasky

  • The Minotaur

    Dorothea Lasky

  • Landscape with Citrus and Centuries

    Lynn Melnick

  • Bicycling Ice Cream Man

    K.A. Hays

  • Radishes and Any Small Thing

    K.A. Hays

  • If Country Music Was People: Interior

    Corey Zeller

  • Some Girls I Know, Late One [...]

    Corey Zeller

  • [Poisoning the Birds]

    Leslie Harrison

  • [Was it ice]

    Leslie Harrison

  • Colorado Flats

    Kathleen Winter

  • Unthank Park, Portland Ore.

    Hajara Quinn

  • Parade

    Hajara Quinn

  • Leaving What You Had Wanted to Sow

    Hajara Quinn

  • Weeping

    Ross Gay

  • The Ravanastron

    Jean-Phillipe Toussaint

  • How I Built Certain of My Hotels

    Jean-Phillipe Toussaint

  • Writing In Two Tongues

    Wang Ping

  • Erotic Soyuz

    Philip Metres

  • Interpreting and the Refusal of Violent Speech

    Tony Macias

  • Sixty-Three Original Languages

    Juan Villoro, José Ramón Ruisánchez Serra, Manuel Gutierrez

  • Daughter of the Pasture (a Song)

    Anibal Cristobo

  • The Bus Stop

    Daisy Hernández

  • Otherness and Empathy

    Jessica Santone

  • Art for the People's Sake 1

    Ryan N. Dennis

  • Selected Work

    Otabenga Jones & Associates

  • Antena as Language Lab

    Antena

Authors in this issue: Natalia Toledo, Hajara Quinn, V. Penelope Pelizzon, Dorothea Lasky, Corey Zeller, K.A. Hays, Camille Rankine, CJ Evans, Cyrus Cassells, Hafizah Geter, Aníbal Cristobo, Matthew Olzmann, Juan Villoro, Emily Wolahan, Leslie Harrison, Antena, Jean-Phillipe Toussaint, Jessica Santone, Daisy Hernández, Otabenga Jones & Associates, Lü De'an, Anibal Cristobo, Ryan N. Dennis, José Ramón Ruisánchez Serra, Wang Ping, Kathleen Winter, Philip Metres, Lynn Melnick, Billy Merrell, Tony Macias, Manuel Gutierrez, Melissa Kwasny, Adrienne Perry, Carlos Hernandez, Ross Gay, Eric McMillan, Martin Rock, Kelle Groom, Noam Dorr, Edward McPherson, Raena Shirali, Caitlin Horrocks, Lois Taylor, Tony Hoagland, Rachel Linnea Brown, Alicia Rebecca Myers, Rachel Yoder, Jessica McCaughey, Marie-Helene Bertino, Amy Butcher, Jonathan Callard, Diana Khoi Nguyen,

Editor's Note

Editor's Note

Martin Rock, Adrienne Perry, Carlos Hernandez

To talk about language we’re faced with the problem of the prisoner describing the walls of her prison: she knows them better than any other living being—she defines her existence by them...

Poetry

Engagement Party, Georgia

Raena Shirali

I left Lover when I found dirt roads—party for another/couple, soirée complete with deer heads lining a fixed-up barn’s walls,/absinthe, strung lights. In pairs, we played pissing games—/collect the most Monopoly money, hurry

Fiction

Kansas, America, 1899

Edward McPherson

And so it goes, day after day, night after night, as I rattle these torn and cheapened canvases around the dim and dusty byways of this once great nation. My tent is always full. Some come to weep, some to pray, some to slide a…

Non-Fiction

Love Drones

Noam Dorr

The drone operator does not see the Predator itself, the predator himself, the Predator is in Afghanistan, the operator in Nevada. We are stars struck on the edge. The difference between my sight and the drone's is even worse than...

Poetry

Mexa’ bidó’

Natalia Toledo

Ti mexa’ bidó’ ñee cuanda / nahui bizuudi’ / sica rusuchaahui’ ti gunaa za, / ma cazui’ gui’ri’, / nuxhele’ Niñu guiropa ndaga guielú, / guicha íque guiiu nabidxu / gulee’ yaande’ laa dxi nexhe lade guixi / biquiide’ guidiladi ne golabere’...

Poetry

La Mesa De Santos

Natalia Toledo

Una mesa de pata dispareja / envuelta en fustán zapoteca, / el cirio agoniza, / un niño Dios abre los ojos como postigos y / su cabello estuco rizado, / cuando lo tiré de su cama de heno / pegué sus pedazos con la viscosa de un árbol y saliva

Poetry

Altar

Natalia Toledo

The table with an uneven leg / is wrapped in white ruffles, / a candle flickers / and Baby Jesus / opens his eyes – shutters beneath / his curly stucco hair. / After I threw him from his bed of hay / I glued him together with sap...

Non-Fiction

Antibody

Kelle Groom

The electronic symbol for ground looks like a sailboat…

Fiction

Hadji

Eric McMillan

It was disrespectful, a slur, something we were briefed…

Fiction

Mermaid and Knife

Caitlin Horrocks

All axe-work, he says, the beams and the thousands…

Fiction

Lucky You

Lois Taylor

Tomorrow she’ll get up early, ride so long that she’ll be bicycling in her dreams. But as she approaches the house, she wonders, what has she changed by spending this money? Nothing. Just another distraction, like Rafe’s Camaro...

Non-Fiction

A Slow Kind of Unravelling

Amy Butcher

I was standing on the cold, dark tile of the bathroom…

Non-Fiction

Explode

Jonathan Callard

Inside, I see Franny's black-and-white high school…

Non-Fiction

Hidden Cartographies

Rachel Yoder

I had no such marks on my body and feared growing…

Features / Poetry

12 Things I Know about the Life of Poetry

Tony Hoagland

It is as dumb to deny the tragic character of the world, as it is to deny the necessity of hope in your account of human life. The telling question for the artist is: what sequence are you going to arrange them in? That order of presentation…

Poetry

Coincidentia Oppositorum

Camille Rankine

I raise my hand. / A conductor. Darling, lightning, / let’s begin. You, singing / in the off key. Me, / in the wrong skin again. Hold / your applause. Don’t / approve. It’s not / like that. Let’s say / I don’t know how to start / a fire...

Poetry

Addling

Alicia Rebecca Myers

The geese continued to eat. / The eggs absorbed the oil. / I tried to pick out the mother / while my father asphyxiated embryos, / his head turned towards the gaggle in humane / say-so. I wanted to feel her bristle / He said she'd be misled...

Poetry

The Shadow

Cyrus Cassells

And in the flash point I was manacled, I saw / our fierce mirroring was never / friendship, twin-ship, / but a crafty fisherman's net, / a supplanting spider's stratagem-I saw / how slowly and inexorably I became / a Christ...

Poetry

The Minotaur

Dorothea Lasky

The moon in the house is Room 237 / Room No. 42 / On 2/21 when my dreams became real / The moon smashed into the light / I spread my life like cards in front of me / If I die and all I have are these fucking poems / At least I will have…

Poetry

[Poisoning the Birds]

Leslie Harrison

The day the starling flock tumbles twists whirls through / dusk their scissor beaks clattering like rattled bones / the day they rain down deafening and feathered as if / smoke knows knives as if blades grow voices...

Poetry

Parade

Hajara Quinn

They scuttle, exoskeleton-like, on the path ahead. / Like a glove my gloved hand / fits to your ungloved hand, our major / to minor keys, and all the pines / and all the pianos in the woods / hold sway over our one held note...

Poetry

Weeping

Ross Gay

I'm thinking here of the proto-Indo-European root / which means the precise sound of a flower bud / unwrapping, and the tiny racket a seed makes / cracking open in the dark, which has evolved / in a handful of Latinate languages...

Interviews

Sixty-Three Original Languages

Juan Villoro, José Ramón Ruisánchez Serra, Manuel Gutierrez

So I have been happy in German, but it's easier for me to be happy in Spanish, and there some situations in which you have to choose between two different forms of happiness. Let's take an artificial happiness...

Non-Fiction

The Bus Stop

Daisy Hernández

  1. In Texas, a man burned the Mexican flag in front…

Art

Art for the People's Sake 1

Ryan N. Dennis

Otabenga Jones & Associaes looks to the history of…

Art

Selected Work

Otabenga Jones & Associates

Selected images, including Project Row Houses Installation…