FEBRUARY ISSUE

Numéro Cinq at the Movies: Scott Cudmore's film for Wintersleep's "Amerika," introduced by Sophie Lavoie
Something Survives | Review of The Némirovsky Question by Susan Rubin Suleiman --- Laura Michele Diener
Evening Primrose: Poems --- Allan Cooper
Sealocked: Essay --- Erika Mihálycsa
Veritas: Short Story --- Mark Jay Mirsky
Sonnet's Shakespeare: Poems --- Sonnet L’Abbé
Beyond the Blurb: On Critics and Criticism | Excerpt --- Daniel Green
A Pirate Critic | Review of Beyond the Blurb by Daniel Green --- Jeff Bursey
Uimhir a Cúig | Life Erupting: Excerpt from Four --- Billy Mills
Small Creatures: Fiction --- Abigail Allen
Threads from the Calais Refugee Crisis | Graphic Essay --- Kate Evans
I am with you in genocide | Poems --- Sarah Scout
The Boy and the Dog: Fiction — Jamaluddin Aram
Coming: Excerpt --- Jean-Luc Nancy with Adèle Van Reeth
Do We Give A Fuck About Fucking Anymore? | Review of Coming by Jean-Luc Nancy --- Melissa Considine Beck
Numero Cinco | Attached to Silence: Poems  --- Ingrid Valencia
Dystopian Utopias: Case Studies --- Julie Trimingham
Divinity in the Sunlight | Paintings --- Ramón Alejandro
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Numéro Cinq at the Movies: Scott Cudmore's film for Wintersleep's "Amerika," introduced by Sophie Lavoie

Numéro Cinq at the Movies: Scott Cudmore’s film for Wintersleep’s “Amerika,” introduced by Sophie Lavoie

…echoing the song’s refrain “I don’t want to die.”

Something Survives | Review of The Némirovsky Question by Susan Rubin Suleiman --- Laura Michele Diener

Something Survives | Review of The Némirovsky Question by Susan Rubin Suleiman — Laura Michele Diener

…increasingly relevant in a world that continues to yield refugees and exiles.

Evening Primrose: Poems --- Allan Cooper

Evening Primrose: Poems — Allan Cooper

I’ve lived a good time. / I have work to do. I have my silence / as the sky does / every morning when the sun breaks over the hills.

Sealocked: Essay --- Erika Mihálycsa

Sealocked: Essay — Erika Mihálycsa

At the end point where the piers turn back, two lighthouses stand like stout inverted exclamation marks; the sentences they introduce run beyond the horizon.

Veritas: Short Story --- Mark Jay Mirsky

Veritas: Short Story — Mark Jay Mirsky

Facing the brick propriety of the Harvard Club he saw a familiar face, coming out, mocking, ironic, then looking through him, and walking away before he could identify her.

Sonnet's Shakespeare: Poems --- Sonnet L’Abbé

Sonnet’s Shakespeare: Poems — Sonnet L’Abbé

Hole was the mother, fucking. Women smashed. Pennyroyal tea drunks holding out for rupture. Loud substance, a fuck-you for teens to recite…

Beyond the Blurb: On Critics and Criticism | Excerpt --- Daniel Green

Beyond the Blurb: On Critics and Criticism | Excerpt — Daniel Green

Literary blogs are (unwittingly, I hope) abetting the capitalist imperative to get out “product” as quickly as possible…

A Pirate Critic | Review of Beyond the Blurb by Daniel Green --- Jeff Bursey

A Pirate Critic | Review of Beyond the Blurb by Daniel Green — Jeff Bursey

A pirate navigating waterways ruled by this or that thalassocracy…

Uimhir a Cúig | Life Erupting: Excerpt from Four --- Billy Mills

Uimhir a Cúig | Life Erupting: Excerpt from Four — Billy Mills

the buds signal / & sugars rise / plane of each leaf / opens slowly // unfolding its curved / surface to air / & dawn / ever earlier // & vivid with / life erupting / listen…

Small Creatures: Fiction --- Abigail Allen

Small Creatures: Fiction — Abigail Allen

I remembered this red-faced man rushing up my driveway screaming, much as the man I had been envisioning was doing as I looked at the aquarium, seeing my reflection…

Threads from the Calais Refugee Crisis | Graphic Essay --- Kate Evans

Threads from the Calais Refugee Crisis | Graphic Essay — Kate Evans

“When immigration is too high, it is impossible to build a cohesive society. We will CRACK DOWN!” Sound familiar?

I am with you in genocide | Poems --- Sarah Scout

I am with you in genocide | Poems — Sarah Scout

I dream of my mother’s / unfinished dreams on paper / I try to see what she was dreaming of / when she was alive / on paper / on faded paper

The Boy and the Dog: Fiction — Jamaluddin Aram

The Boy and the Dog: Fiction — Jamaluddin Aram

Every now and then a bullet rang in the air, and Sarkanda fired back. This went on for a couple of minutes as if no one wanted to bear the burden of being the first to accept defeat.

Coming: Excerpt --- Jean-Luc Nancy with Adèle Van Reeth

Coming: Excerpt — Jean-Luc Nancy with Adèle Van Reeth

Whereas in the sexual relationship the other is not based on fantasy—although a certain kind of psychoanalysis says there is no sexual relationship without fantasy…

Do We Give A Fuck About Fucking Anymore? | Review of Coming by Jean-Luc Nancy --- Melissa Considine Beck

Do We Give A Fuck About Fucking Anymore? | Review of Coming by Jean-Luc Nancy — Melissa Considine Beck

…orgasm which experience we seek over and over again.

Numero Cinco | Attached to Silence: Poems  --- Ingrid Valencia

Numero Cinco | Attached to Silence: Poems — Ingrid Valencia

It is not the tremor but the wound / that sinks his eyes / under night’s water / and gives an incandescent voice / to the suburbs of the tongue.

Dystopian Utopias: Case Studies --- Julie Trimingham

Dystopian Utopias: Case Studies — Julie Trimingham

As a three-year-old, my son was a philosopher king. One day, in all sincerity, he asked, Why can’t the good people just kill all the bad?

Divinity in the Sunlight | Paintings --- Ramón Alejandro

Divinity in the Sunlight | Paintings — Ramón Alejandro

The splendid, sun-drenched, giantish art of Cuban-born Ramón Alejandro, once the subject of an essay by no less than Roland Barthes.

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This month we’re featuring the contributions of our resident Gordon Lish expert, Jason Lucarelli. He has single-handedly made NC a go-to source for all things Lishian.

Sun, Fire & Lightning | Numéro Cinq's February Issue Preview

Sun, Fire & Lightning | Numéro Cinq’s February Issue Preview

From the sun-drenched paintings of Ramón Alejandro to the refugee camps of Calais to the Utopian fantasies of yesterday…

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