JANUARY ISSUE

Heart of Darkness — Gary Garvin
Numéro Cinq at the Movies | Inga Birgisdóttir's “Varúð” Introduced by R. W. Gray
Necessary Truths | Review of Thus Bad Begins by Javier Marías --- Frank Richardson
Not in Noah's Flood: Poems in Translation --- Marjan Strojan
Review of Absolutely on Music: Conversations with Seiji Ozawa by Haruki Murakami---Carolyn Ogburn
Ms. Hicks In Hell: Fiction --- David Huddle
Carving the Heavens' Bones: from Glasshouses | Poems --- Stuart Barnes
The Philosopher’s Progress | Short Story — Noah R. Gataveckas
Like Kafka's Ape | Poems --- Mary di Michele
Renato After Alba: Novel Excerpt --- Eugene Mirabelli
Story Hour at the Monkey House Bar | Poems --- Alison Prine
Burlesques Of Togetherness: Review of Assisted Living by Gary Lutz --- Jason Lucarelli
Three Questions for Donald Hall | Interview --- Allan Cooper
Entering the Golden Room | Review of The Selected Poems of Donald Hall --- Allan Cooper
Reflections of a Walking Ruin | Fiction --- John Madera
Windy, With Clouds Breaking | Poems --- Kathy Fagan
Late Afternoon with Shadows Lengthening: Memoir --- Laura Michele Diener
Among the Dead and Dreaming: Novel Excerpt --- Samuel Ligon
Ever-Present Loss: Review of Among the Dead and Dreaming by Samuel Ligon---Dawn Raffel
Boy Turns into a Yam: Short Story --- Laura Fine-Morrison
Uimhir a Cúig | Trust in Me: Fiction --- Mia Gallagher
The Relic of an Instant: Art --- Mark Reamy
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Heart of Darkness — Gary Garvin

Heart of Darkness — Gary Garvin

So I persist and look at the severed head that rests on a pole and stares back at me, and ask the obvious question: Why wasn’t demolishing Abu Ghraib a first priority?

Numéro Cinq at the Movies | Inga Birgisdóttir's “Varúð” Introduced by R. W. Gray

Numéro Cinq at the Movies | Inga Birgisdóttir’s “Varúð” Introduced by R. W. Gray

The painting betrays us and changes as figures appear. Each time they appear it as though they were always already there, watching, waiting…

Necessary Truths | Review of Thus Bad Begins by Javier Marías --- Frank Richardson

Necessary Truths | Review of Thus Bad Begins by Javier Marías — Frank Richardson

We all have secrets we would never divulge and secrets we wish had never been revealed. That we cannot fully know another is axiomatic…

Not in Noah's Flood: Poems in Translation --- Marjan Strojan

Not in Noah’s Flood: Poems in Translation — Marjan Strojan

in my dizzier moments, / like the throats, slit open by broken bottlenecks, / of long coated dark men in cheery hats, who, / a few pages on, turned into corpses,

Review of Absolutely on Music: Conversations with Seiji Ozawa by Haruki Murakami---Carolyn Ogburn

Review of Absolutely on Music: Conversations with Seiji Ozawa by Haruki Murakami—Carolyn Ogburn

“How did I learn to write?” Murakami asks. “By listening to music.”

Carving the Heavens' Bones: from Glasshouses | Poems --- Stuart Barnes

Carving the Heavens’ Bones: from Glasshouses | Poems — Stuart Barnes

‘If that hand crawls any farther north’— / Father F sweltered like devils— / ‘I’ll break its fucking fishy bones.’ I posed.

The Philosopher’s Progress | Short Story — Noah R. Gataveckas

The Philosopher’s Progress | Short Story — Noah R. Gataveckas

Once, dureth the premiere quartern of mine simpering nonage (as a-goed I solo in weepsome wander, blown hithery-thitherward ’twixt fortune’s crosswinds), came I to a mansion…

Like Kafka's Ape | Poems --- Mary di Michele

Like Kafka’s Ape | Poems — Mary di Michele

When the moon rises, resplendent / over the cemetery, the young go / there to boogie among the tombs. O city, // O country, where none, not death, not / the devil can ever take me back.

Renato After Alba: Novel Excerpt --- Eugene Mirabelli

Renato After Alba: Novel Excerpt — Eugene Mirabelli

It betrays Alba to say she has died or she is dead and I say it only because that’s what people can understand. I believe Alba will never die, that she has understanding and free will…

Story Hour at the Monkey House Bar | Poems --- Alison Prine

Story Hour at the Monkey House Bar | Poems — Alison Prine

Fear settles in the body at variable densities // depending on levels of iodine / or derision in your parents’ conversation. // We get exhausted differently.

Burlesques Of Togetherness: Review of Assisted Living by Gary Lutz --- Jason Lucarelli

Burlesques Of Togetherness: Review of Assisted Living by Gary Lutz — Jason Lucarelli

The truest satisfaction from reading Gary Lutz comes from considering how the text was made.

Three Questions for Donald Hall | Interview --- Allan Cooper

Three Questions for Donald Hall | Interview — Allan Cooper

The marriage to Jane flowered, and I wrote the book Kicking the Leaves, with my horses and my cows et cetera. It was my breakthrough.

Entering the Golden Room | Review of The Selected Poems of Donald Hall --- Allan Cooper

Entering the Golden Room | Review of The Selected Poems of Donald Hall — Allan Cooper

But there is still the residue of love, alive in the great sounding box of memory.

Reflections of a Walking Ruin | Fiction --- John Madera

Reflections of a Walking Ruin | Fiction — John Madera

…a series of inquiries toward ascertaining the circumstances under which an event can be said to be unrepresentable…

Windy, With Clouds Breaking | Poems --- Kathy Fagan

Windy, With Clouds Breaking | Poems — Kathy Fagan

I’m here, riverbank— / wearing John Berryman’s glasses / like everyone else. // I was thinking that evergreen / looked like a Leonardo, i.e., the umbrella / pines of Rome.

Late Afternoon with Shadows Lengthening: Memoir --- Laura Michele Diener

Late Afternoon with Shadows Lengthening: Memoir — Laura Michele Diener

That father to whom I had clung with such adoration was gone already, lost to the shadows that pulled him further into another world.

Among the Dead and Dreaming: Novel Excerpt --- Samuel Ligon

Among the Dead and Dreaming: Novel Excerpt — Samuel Ligon

I ran to Oregon, where I waited for Alina to be born, praying she was Daryl’s baby, but the minute I saw her face, blood streaked and furious, I knew she’d come from Cash.

Ever-Present Loss: Review of Among the Dead and Dreaming by Samuel Ligon---Dawn Raffel

Ever-Present Loss: Review of Among the Dead and Dreaming by Samuel Ligon—Dawn Raffel

A writer’s obsessions are inescapable; his are desire and peril, tinted noir.

Boy Turns into a Yam: Short Story --- Laura Fine-Morrison

Boy Turns into a Yam: Short Story — Laura Fine-Morrison

“If you want it to last forever,” Grandfather groused, “take it to Solwezi and have it canned.” Mother began to cry.

Uimhir a Cúig | Trust in Me: Fiction --- Mia Gallagher

Uimhir a Cúig | Trust in Me: Fiction — Mia Gallagher

‘They eat people,’ she said, nodding at Kaa. ‘I heard about a fella who had one. He forgot to feed it. Left it for a week and one night it swallowed him.’

The Relic of an Instant: Art --- Mark Reamy

The Relic of an Instant: Art — Mark Reamy

Unnerving, disturbing, apocalyptic and tiny — Mark Reamy’s slide film images are conflations, invasions. The series in hand carries intimations of the biblical Flood and the future rising of the seas.

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