31.2 Summer/Fall 2019

Table of Contents

Authors in this issue: Maria Brito, Maya Jewell Zeller, Du Fu and Lu Lun (Tang) transl. by Gary Young and Yanwen Xu, Cintia Santana, Justin Wymer, Joy Priest, Ruth Joffre, Gbolahan Adeola, Kristina Gorcheva-Newberry, Christopher Kempf, Tony Hoagland, Bruno Ríos, Anthony Cody, Emma Copley Eisenberg, Maggie Millner, Kevin Phan, Sharon Olds, Matthias Göritz transl. by Mary Jo Bang, Polina Barskova transl. by Valzhyna Mort, Aliceanna Stopher, Yi Jiang, Sarah Minor, Theadora Walsh, Álvaro Lasso transl. by Kelsi Vanada, Jonathan Danielson, Aldo Amparán, Jess Dorrance and Erin Kimmel, Chloe Garcia Roberts, Kayleb Rae Candrilli, Dianne Seuss, Jane Wong, Corey Van Landingham,

Fiction

Winner of the 2018 Barthelme Prize:
Something…

Sarah Minor

Six hours into drilling, rescue crews heard one-year-old Jessica McClure singing “Winnie the Pooh” from the bottom of the abandoned well she had fallen down seven hours earlier.

Fiction

2018 Barthelme Prize Honorable Mention:
Hunger

Yi Jiang

Every year, outraged people stage protests and write think pieces about Chinese people eating dog, like the classmates who asked me whether I ate dog, assumed I ate dog, mocked me for eating dog.

Fiction

2018 Barthelme Prize Honorable Mention:
Some…

Aliceanna Stopher

It was one of those thunderstorms came on sudden-like. Before a body could cover its head it had passed on someplace else. Here, in our holler, we were used to such storms.

Poetry

2018 Gulf Coast Prize in Translation:
Colonies…

Matthias Göritz transl. by Mary Jo Bang

The eyes, rivers and grass— / To each one’s inclination: / The dying off, the dirt. / House, that bears the imprint of a door, you, / as a wrapped packet in a word chest, the dear sweet boy, / the off that he owns.

Poetry

2018 Gulf Coast Prize in Translation:
Air…

Polina Barskova transl. by Valzhyna Mort

Up jump grab who got mail / Down calm breathe who got mail / Write write write who got mail

Poetry

2018 GC Prize in Translation Honorable Mention:…

Álvaro Lasso transl. by Kelsi Vanada

When it comes to decapitations I just have to say one thing: / it’s tough to learn to perfect a smile for the executioner. / The executioner’s nobility, like a beauty pageant, has been / forged by long tradition.

Fiction

Tributary

Jonathan Danielson

Exclusively available in the print edition of Gulf Coast 31.2

Poetry

Six Poems

Dianne Seuss

Exclusively available in the print edition of Gulf Coast 31.2

Poetry

Unkindly Kind

Jane Wong

Exclusively available in the print edition of Gulf Coast 31.2

Poetry

Sonnet in which we remain foolishly hopeful…

Kayleb Rae Candrilli

I am forever concerned / for the quality of the breast milk / I’ll never make.

Non-Fiction

Whens

Chloe Garcia Roberts

Exclusively available in the print edition of Gulf Coast 31.2

Poetry

Glossary for What You Left Unsaid: Art

Aldo Amparán

Exclusively available in the print edition of Gulf Coast 31.2

Poetry

3 Poems

Sharon Olds

Exclusively available in the print edition of Gulf Coast 31.2

Poetry

Reader, I

Corey Van Landingham

swore I’d be a casual bride. The dress code nonexistent (I shant have lied), beer in cans. I wanted, only, a single gerbera daisy placed in each glass bottle. Red. Just that. I only browsed the magazines to roll my eyes. Martha Stewart, Southern…

Interviews

An Artist with a World Unto Itself: an Interview…

Maria Brito

Exclusively available in the print edition of Gulf Coast 31.2

Non-Fiction

Both Ways

Emma Copley Eisenberg

K’s profile said “seeing someone.” Through the plate glass window wall of the Southern-themed bar, I saw her sitting on a stool reading a book on mass incarceration. Her muscled shoulders wore a men’s white v-neck t-shirt but her feet didn’t…

Poetry

Girl 6

Joy Priest

Exclusively available in the print edition of Gulf Coast 31.2

Poetry

Man

Justin Wymer

Exclusively available in the print edition of Gulf Coast 31.2

Fiction

The Law of Diminishing Returns

Gbolahan Adeola

Exclusively available in the print edition of Gulf Coast 31.2

Poetry

2 Poems

Cintia Santana

Exclusively available in the print edition of Gulf Coast 31.2

Poetry

If Tori Amos were a Realtor

Maya Jewell Zeller

Exclusively available in the print edition of Gulf Coast 31.2

Poetry

Poems by Du Fu and Lu Lun (Tang)

Du Fu and Lu Lun (Tang) transl. by Gary Young and Yanwen Xu

Exclusively available in the print edition of Gulf Coast 31.2

Poetry

Bone Catalog

Ruth Joffre

Exclusively available in the print edition of Gulf Coast 31.2

Poetry

[To witness a selkie, owl-grandmother, grief]

Kevin Phan

Exclusively available in the print edition of Gulf Coast 31.2

Fiction

Generation Perestroika

Kristina Gorcheva-Newberry

Exclusively available in the print edition of Gulf Coast 31.2

Poetry

Poem for the Year

Maggie Millner

Exclusively available in the print edition of Gulf Coast 31.2

Poetry

Searching

Anthony Cody

Exclusively available in the print edition of Gulf Coast 31.2

Features

A Ragbag: Queer Writing Selected by Justin…

Featuring work by Amber Atiya, Brontez Purnell, Jeanne Thornton, Jaime Shearn Coan, Chelsey Johnson, Marissa Johnson-Valenzuela, Mariam Rahmani, Alex Irene Borinsky, and Valentine Freeman. Exclusively available in the print edition of Gulf…

Reviews

2 Reviews

Bruno Ríos

Bruno Ríos reviews Bang by Daniel Peña and Xamissa by Henk Rossouw. Exclusively available in the print edition of Gulf Coast 31.2

Non-Fiction / Poetry

‘Brave, or lonely, or free enough to ask’:…

Christopher Kempf

...attending, as Hoagland did, to how white male hegemony produces and reproduces itself constitutes a valuable step, I think, in naming and deconstructing that hegemony, in refusing to accept it as normal, invisible, or acceptable.

Non-Fiction / Poetry

Greatness is All Around Us

Tony Hoagland

I still very much care about that idea of measurable quality; the idea that a consensus can exist between serious readers about what is great and what is merely good.

Art

The Ecstasies of Love and Hate: Celeste Dupuy-Spencer's…

Jess Dorrance and Erin Kimmel

Critical art writing on Celeste Dupuy-Spencer. Exclusively available in the print edition of Gulf Coast 31.2

Interviews

An Artist With a World Unto Itself

Maria Brito

An interview with Thomas Lanigan-Schmidt. Exclusively available in the print edition of Gulf Coast 31.2

Non-Fiction

Deep Springs College

Theadora Walsh

Exclusively available in the print edition of Gulf Coast 31.2