By the time he arrived in Paris, he had taken to signing himself “the Failure.”
- Man Behaving Badly | Henry Miller & Tropic of Cancer — Victoria Best
- Portland | Fiction — Gary Garvin
- A Conversation with Grant Maierhofer | Interview — Germán Sierra
- Don’t Be A Body | Short Story — Grant Maierhofer
- The Black Lace Veil | Short Story — Fleur Jaeggy, Translated by Gini Alhadeff
- Sacred Inertia | Review of I Am the Brother of XX & These Possible Lives by Fleur Jaeggy — Joseph Schreiber
- Do Not Feed the Ism | Review of Typewriters, Bombs, Jellyfish by Tom McCarthy — Andrew MacDonald
- methodical, intentional, mechanical | Adam Daily Art & Interview — Mary Kathryn Jablonski
- Desire, pain, pleasure | Essay — Stephen Brockbank
- Only & the Beast | Poems — Kate Hall
- What It’s Like Living Here — From Patrick Findler in Goris, Armenia
- The Death of the Perfect Sentence | Novel Excerpt — Rein Raud, Translated by Matthew Hyde
- The Great War | Poem — Sydney Lea
- The Other Side of Language | Poems — Linda E. Chown
- What It’s Like Living Here — Heather Ramsay in Ryder Lake, BC
- Numero Cinco | Please Insert Coin | Verse Excerpt — Ricardo Cázares
- Unspeakable | Fiction — Daniel Davis Wood
- A Sixties Childhood — Nowick Gray
- Keeping Promises | Review of one of us is wave one of us is shore by Geneva Chao — A. Anupama
- 36 Eddy Street | Childhood — Paul Perilli
- Research for the Larger Project | Poems — Maggie Smith
- From Ernesto | Novel — Umberto Saba, Estelle Gilson Translation
- An Incomplete Life | Review of Ernesto by Umberto Saba — Melissa Considine Beck
- Deep Listening | Poems and Prose — M. Travis Lane
- Perfection | Fiction — Richard Kelly Kemick
- Guard Against the Hours | Poems — Miles Waggener
- Childhood | The Foot of the Bed — Mary Brindley
- I am the big heart | Poems — S. E. Venart
- Through leaded panes | Memoir — Dawn Promislow
- Singles Bar for Zombies | Poems — Mark Sampson
- The Voice inside the Voice | Character Thought in the First Person Novel — Erin Lillo
- The Grand Design: Paintings of John Hampshire | Art & Text — Mary Kathryn Jablonski
- Pray, Hope, Dream | Poems — Richard Jackson
- Time Control in the Personal Essay — Rosanna Gargiulo
It is the first time he can remember not feeling complications or having questions return.
…to counter the force of history.
I live in sorrow. My days are full of thorns, people and bosses. I tend toward the sad, the weary.
…the eyes were already in darkness.
An order of events has to be followed.
There is not thinking and rethinking.
And if only a beast is added to I then I will be forgotten.
The leading edge of the fog bank huddles close to the loose skin…
If only he had thought…
…headstones hang on a wall: / caduto in guerra, some of them tell us, / and I know that language: fallen in war.
…no song left to sing / And a wind rasps, “Enkidu,” “Enkidu”
There is no lake in Ryder Lake.
if you desire / if desire moves you to
He did more than break her body. He broke her capacity to be seen…
A gravel road through the trees, with glimpses of tarpaper roofs, snatches of radio music in the dusty breeze.
And then something happened I’d never heard before and would never hear again. My father started crying.
I’m beginning to suspect this life / is a study for another one…
…as though by accident, it brushed lightly against his genitals.
…important, historical piece of gay lit.
…that sea edge, sliver of bright steel / that rims the slowly darkening marsh.
Her face uprighted. Her eyes wild with happiness. Her teeth and lips clown-faced with blood.
this is a good story / A god’s story my brother’s story / And I’m sticking to it read the entrails / Follow the pills…
The day my mother taught me about sex, she sat me on the end of her bed and explained…
I am the big heart, aren’t I? // When the black dog is being put down, in her last / second I whisper, Squirrel.
…their small chimney pots, crooked; all covered, it seemed to me, in soot….
You could talk to her till you’re green in the face. / She’ll just look through you with a deadened gaze.
…the original teachers: books.
The structure of not crossing lines…
What I never understood was that I never owned / even myself.
The effect of masterful time control is like riding H.G. Wells’s time machine.
A retrospective series of touchstone posts, pieces that define the magazine’s aesthetic.
Vol, VIII, No. 6, June 2017
- 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
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