The Stridentists spent their days at Mexico City’s Café Europa, which was so desolate that they dubbed it El Café de Nadie—Nobody’s Café
- Numero Cinco: Excavating Stridentopolis — Joshua Neuhouser
- Conference Hall: Short Story — Zsuzsa Takács Translated by Erika Mihálycsa
- Satan, Bring Me My Guitar: Poems — Okla Elliott
- Housing for the Rest of Us, A Non-Manifesto — Gary Garvin
- Memory Dance: Review of Rabih Alameddine’s The Angel of History — Frank Richardson
- Diversity, Politics & Music: Interview with Brazilian Composer Camilo Carrara
- The Gloaming: Novel Excerpt — Melanie Finn
- Pilgrim’s Journey : Review of Melanie Finn’s The Gloaming — Mark Sampson
- Cloudwall: Short Story — Germán Sierra
- Uimhir a Cúig | Barbaric Tales: Poems — Catherine Walsh
- Working for the Feds: Six “Hint” Fictions — Michael Martone
- The Flat Third Dimension: Matthew Olzmann’s Contradictions in the Design — Patrick O’Reilly
- O Hail, Mary, Hail: The Long Complicated History of an American Convent — Laura Michele Diener
- Sacred Geometry: Essay & Art — Qwul`thilum (Dylan Thomas)
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- October is a Scorcher! The Issue Preview from Numéro Cinq
I will live with the faith that you are mistaken, and that your error will shortly become obvious to you, too. Yet out of weakness, for a moment I rest my head on your shoulder.
And I tell myself, / Use the condom; you’ll be happy you did later // There should be a barrier here / something to block the past / from entering the present unhindered.
The thought that we can build the perfect society or perfect building is already an act of crippling surgery. Any idea, any design, necessarily, inevitably, will come up short.
The Angel of History tasks us with the necessity of facing our memories, even the most painful ones, for to neglect them is to surrender to Death.
The artists who are very well prepared intellectually and politically can make an important difference in the course of history.
How foolish to believe life could change with the lighting of incense, the purchase of rose water, the offering of eggs. And yet, when you have reached the end of yourself, what else is there?
Exhilarating and humbling to see a writer take a standard formula and subvert it so thoroughly, so brazenly, so originally.
Now, undead people go phantoming around over the cobblestone shattered-mirror pavement—but back then it was the wild, under the same lead-dead sky.
this courage to go / beyond let it be the measure / that we let this be the / measure that we let / be measure this / that we / let this be the measure / that we let
The inimitable Michael Martone is mining a rich trove of subject matter, the unknown or little known or forgotten jobs done by employees of the U.S. government.
A prosaic first-person style, too indifferent to metre to even be considered free verse.
Laura Michele Diener digs into the history of a Kentucky convent and finds the stain of slavery at the roots. Stunning essay.
This work is more traditional than anything I have done before – because it draws on a tradition that started before my Salish ancestors ever carved a spindle whorl.
In the slider at the top of the page this month we’re featuring work by First Nations and Native American artists and writers who have appeared in the magazine.
This issue is a scorcher. I go around all month thinking the next issue is a flop. Then I put together the issue preview, and suddenly it sizzles, the match hits the fuse.
Vol. VII, No. 8, August 2016
- Numéro Cinq at the Movies: Vincent Haycock’s “What Kind of Man,” Introduced by R W Gray
- Letters to the Universe: From Rilke’s Duino Elegies — Translated by Allan Cooper
- Yellow Crane: Poem — Susan Gillis
- Night Train to Venice: Poems — Theodore Deppe
- Revulsion: Thomas Bernhard in San Salvador: Fiction — Horacio Castellanos Moya
- House of Lunatics | Review of Revulsion: Thomas Bernhard in San Salvador by Horacio Castellanos Moya — Benjamin Woodard
- The Deserts and the Seas: Zazil Alaíde Collins | Poems and Interview — Dylan Brennan
- The Fatal Problem | Review of Ben Lerner’s The Hatred of Poetry — Carolyn Ogburn
- Slow Dancing: Poems — Daniel Lawless
- Emerson and Self-Reliance: Paradoxical Idea, Ambiguous Legacy — Patrick J. Keane
- The Truth About Death: Short Story — Evan Lavender-Smith
- Uimhir a Cúig | Speed My Slowing Heart: Poems — Michael Ray
- Tower of Fools: Fiction — Margaret Nowaczyk
- Why Do We Need to Think We Agree on Reality? — Lawrence Sutin
- Crossing Water: Memoir — Cynthia Flood
- The Habit of Being Passionate: Dorothy Day’s Radical Mysticism — Laura Michele Diener
- At Last, the Reading Public Gets the Trees It Deserves: Fiction — Curtis White
- Brightfellow: A Novel Excerpt — Rikki Ducornet
- A Dubious Boy: A Review of Brightfellow by Rikki Ducornet—Jason DeYoung
Vol. VII, No. 9, September 2016
- Numéro Cinq at the Movies: Jon Dewar’s “Hypothermia” | Introduction & Interview — Matt Rogers
- One Man One Vote: Short Story — Lewis Parker
- Great Expectations: Review of Zama by Antonio Di Benedetto — Frank Richardson
- Numero Cinco | Happiness: Two Stories — Mónica Lavín Translated by Patricia Dubrava
- The Inexpressible Moment: Review of Garden Time by W. S. Merwin — Allan Cooper
- Riding the Black Waves: Poems — Susan Aizenberg
- The Path of the Jaguar: Novel Excerpt—Stephen Henighan
- Black Bread: Novel Excerpt — Emili Teixidor
- In the Shadow of Civil War: Review of Black Bread by Emili Teixidor — Joseph Schreiber
- Uimhir a Cúig | A Junkyard Full of Flowers: Poems — Paul McMahon
- From Les Fleurs du Mal: Baudelaire — Translated by A. Anupama
- Volcano: Short Story — Bojan Louis
- White Quetzal (from Orlando to Nice): Poem — Rikki Ducornet
- Anamorphosis: Art — Dave Kennedy
- Hypo: Fiction — Erika Mihálycsa
- Gooka-mol: Poems — Sydney Lea
- Naked: Novel Excerpt — Jean-Philippe Toussaint
- The Geometry Of Breaking Up: Review Of Jean-Philippe Toussaint’s Naked — Jason Lucarelli
- Baptize Me in Darkness: Poems — Denise Evans Durkin
- An Australian Childhood: One Fine Day — Elizabeth Thomas
- Dispatches from the Commune: Fiction — Sam Savage