Night goes down on the hill, into the body of the world; my eyes close.
- The Book of the Night | Nonfiction — Cynthia Huntington
- The Invented Part | Novel Excerpt — Rodrigo Fresán, Translated by Will Vanderhyden
- Something out of Nothing | Review of The Invented Part by Rodrigo Fresán — Benjamin Woodard
- Starts With a Bang… Ends In a Whisper | An Epistolary Romance — Sarah M. (∞) & Bernard Hœpffner (•)
- Consciously Amateurish | Review of The Sarah Book by Scott McClanahan — Jason Lucarelli
- Caps | Short Story — Fernando Aramburu, Translated by Brendan Riley
- Uimhir a Cúig | Dunamon: Poems — Jane Clarke
- O Pioneer! | Review of 1944 Diary by Hans Keilson — Dorian Stuber
- Signs for Lost Children | Novel Excerpt — Sarah Moss
- A Place of Healing | Review of Signs for Lost Children by Sarah Moss — Rohan Maitzen
- The Nightingale Won’t Let You Sleep | Novel Excerpt — Steven Heighton
- Vertical Resonance | Review of The Nightingale Won’t Let You Sleep by Steven Heighton — Richard Farrell
- The Singular Elegance of Trees | Paintings — Katie DeGroot
- Waiting for the Turn | Poems — Erin Lillo
- Alice Munro’s “Baptising” & James Joyce’s “The Dead” | Plotting with Multiple Antagonists — Russell Working
- When Death Comes Knocking | Poems — Clint McCown
- Arising | Short Story — Josh Emmons
- Din of Silence | Review of A Moral Tale and Other Moral Tales by Josh Emmons — Michael Carson
- Memo from Brooklyn: The Novels of Jay Neugeboren — Domenic Stansberry
- Loosening the Elements of Cohesion | Poems — Darren Bifford
- Painter & Poet: Studies in Creativity — Victoria Best with Miranda Boulton & Kaddy Benyon
- Living in a Story | Review of Huck Out West by Robert Coover — Daniel Green
- Childhood — Mark Foss
- Ripper | Memoir — Trinie Dalton
- River Oaks | Fiction — Tom Howard
- Top of the Page
- The Shape of Things to Come | Numéro Cinq’s June Issue Preview
To read? Or not to read? Now? In summer or winter?
Is there anything as irreal as so-called realism?
Your Anatomy & your Melancholy.
The intimacy of his voice is a lullaby.
…startled half to death to find her husband nowhere in sight.
Dad taught us that paper / comes from trees and the word for book // comes from beech.
His very language in the diary entry confirms that sense of a split self.
‘That is how it is for Mary. That is it. She is like you, and like me. Like all of us. Only more sad.’
…deliberate, restrained, well-crafted.
“And don’t forget your medication.” “No way. I love my medication.”
Vertical Resonance | Review of The Nightingale Won’t Let You Sleep by Steven Heighton — Richard Farrell
A species hellbent on escaping…
The trees reminded me of Las Vegas show girls, adorned with cascading mushrooms, moss, and vines.
You hold me & ask, What is it? I say our son’s name, only his name, but your grip tightens. You looked it up, didn’t you? I nod.
Alice Munro’s “Baptising” & James Joyce’s “The Dead” | Plotting with Multiple Antagonists — Russell Working
Let us start by examining “The Dead.”
and I sink, dreamless, / toward the usual slumber, // not knowing / how long, or how deep.
…a shrinking forest and the moment he’d known that his confidence was built on a decaying foundation.
Each reading inspires visions…
“A novelist’s career is a ragged thing.”
With Goya it is the same: / Innocent bystanders hide their faces…
The artist as perpetual beginner.
…makes storytelling itself the story.
I have no religious instruction other than Uncle Arthur’s Bedtime Stories, which haunt my dreams.
That day, we received a Fedex from Brazil for Alprazolam and a Fedex from Spain for Absinthe…
“I think,” she said, “there are places you go to, and there are places you go past on your way somewhere else.”
The modest and indispensable Frank Richardson is Top of the Page for June. Your chance to read the collected works.
…a sweet, exceptional issue, our little world.
Vol. VIII, No. 5, May 2017
- The Other in Oneself | Review of Compass by Mathias Énard — Frank Richardson
- Burning Boots | Short Story — Franci Novak, Translated by Olivia Hellewell
- Ascending with Grace | Poems — Michael Catherwood
- How Swiss Is It? | Review of Walks with Robert Walser by Carl Seelig — Dorian Stuber
- Uimhir a Cúig | The Beaching: Poems — Denise Blake
- Making the Void Fruitful: W. B. Yeats as Spiritual Seeker and Romantic Poet — Patrick J. Keane
- A Poem in Each Hand | Review of Fleda Brown’s The Woods Are On Fire — Julie Larios
- Atlantic Hotel | Novel Excerpt — João Gilberto Noll, Translated by Adam Morris
- Unbearable Transience of Being | Review of Atlantic Hotel by João Gilberto Noll — Joseph Schreiber
- How Mia Learned to Dance | Fiction — John Bullock
- My First Job | Memoir — Cynthia Holz
- Another Dark Hour | Poems — Robert Currie
- Beowulf and Postmodernism | Excerpt from My Back Pages — Steven Moore
- Outliers & Explorers | Review of My Back Pages by Steven Moore — Jeff Bursey
- Geography of Bliss | Drawings and Etchings — Bonnie Baker
- Enduring Chaos | A Poem for our Times — Sydney Lea
- Behind the Moon: A Novel Excerpt — Madison Smartt Bell
- In Some Other Way | Review of Behind the Moon by Madison Smartt Bell — Linda Chown
- Donald Breckenridge’s Novel And Then, An Introduction — Douglas Glover
- Numero Cinco | Juan Rulfo’s Translator Douglas J. Weatherford Talks with Dylan Brennan
- Plot Structure in Three Short Stories | Essay on Conflict and Form — Michael Carson
- Of what is my love made? I ask | Ghazals — A. Anupama
Vol. VIII, No. 4, April 2017
- Numéro Cinq at the Movies: Ringan Ledwidge’s Film for Massive Attack’s Voodoo in My Blood — R. W. Gray
- Hell’s too small, heaven too: Poems by Marina Tsvetaeva — Translated by Mary Jane White
- Introibo ad altare Dei | Poems — Patrick O’Reilly
- Kafka’s Absolute Minority, Homo vermes | Essay — Jeremy Brunger
- The Blank Page | Reading Isak Dinesen — Daniela Cascella
- Uimhir a Cúig | Angel’s Wing-Lashed Fire: Poems — Afric McGlinchey
- Frontier: Novel Excerpt — Can Xue, Translated from the Chinese by Karen Gernant & Chen Zeping
- Life In a Northern Town | Review of Frontier by Can Xue — Joseph Schreiber
- Make Yourself Happy | Poems — Eleni Sikelianos
- Tentative Nature | Interview with Eleni Sikelianos — Julie Larios
- Making Myself Happy | Review of Make Yourself Happy by Eleni Sikelianos — Julie Larios
- Through Forest Strewn with Flowers We Come Home Our Hearts Melting Our Teeth Made of Thorns | Essay — Abby Frucht
- The Evil Gesture: Short Story — Russell Working
- Just Water, Water Everywhere | Review of Blue Field by Elise Levine — Benjamin Woodard
- Nonagon For The Dead Who Are Rising | A Polygon With Nine Sides All Opened — Quintan Ana Wikswo
- His Own Man | Harry Mathews — Warren Motte
- The End of Boredom | Review of Spoils by Brian Van Reet — Michael Carson
- Books of Wonder | Interview with Nance Van Winckel — Susan Aizenberg
- What happens to me now | Poems — Michelle Boisseau
- My First Job | The Hematology Clinic — Roberta Levine
- Pretending to Nature: Excerpt from I Don’t Think of You (Until I Do) | Fiction — Tatiana Ryckman