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Numéro Cinq at the Movies: Bison's film for Bonobo's "Kerala," introduced by R. W. Gray
Gnosticism: A Genesis --- Rikki Ducornet
A Wave, a Wash: Excerpts from a Novel --- Ben Slotky
The Long Dry | Novel Excerpt --- Cynan Jones
Love in the Time of Drought | Review of The Long Dry by Cynan Jones --- Mark Sampson
Abandonment Begets Abandonment: Review of Abandon Me by Melissa Febos --- Carolyn Ogburn
If... | Poems --- Susan Elmslie
Woods on Fire | Poems --- Fleda Brown
Bargain | Short Story --- Sean Preston
The Expression of Loss | Poems --- Agustín Fernández Mallo, Translated by Zachary Rockwell Ludington
Obsession | Interview with Carlos Fonseca --- Jessica Sequeira
Amulets, Talismans | The Ceramic Art of Michel Pastore & Evelyne Porret --- Rikki Ducornet
Dancing the Numbers: Review of The Schooldays of Jesus by J. M. Coetzee --- Jason DeYoung
Burning the Baby & Other Stories | Fiction --- Kelly Cherry
Cries of a mind…leaping out of its lodgings | Review of Drawn from Life, Selected Essays of Michel de Montaigne --- Linda E. Chown
The Promise of Intimacy | <em>ask anyone</em>: The Poetry of Ruth Lepson -- Timothy Ogene
Dr. Griffitt's Ginkgo | Poems --- Maura Stanton
The Poetry of Antimetathesis: Essay --- Yannis Livadas
Small Revolutions | Drawings --- Anne Hirondelle
The Avant-Pop Novels of J. P. McEvoy | Essay --- Steven Moore
Numéro Cinq at the Movies: Bison's film for Bonobo's "Kerala," introduced by R. W. Gray

Numéro Cinq at the Movies: Bison’s film for Bonobo’s “Kerala,” introduced by R. W. Gray

…not what Julia Kristeva called Proust’s “time embodied,” but perhaps anxious bodies as victims of time.

Gnosticism: A Genesis --- Rikki Ducornet

Gnosticism: A Genesis — Rikki Ducornet

Wisdom arises – a luminous egg of stardust quickened by a serpent of fire whose tail rends the night sky like a knife of ice. She is called The Virgin. Perfect Memory. The Lustful One. The Wanderer.

A Wave, a Wash: Excerpts from a Novel --- Ben Slotky

A Wave, a Wash: Excerpts from a Novel — Ben Slotky

You are not paying attention. It doesn’t matter. There is too much, a wave, a wash, and it is over, over, and you are gone.

The Long Dry | Novel Excerpt --- Cynan Jones

The Long Dry | Novel Excerpt — Cynan Jones

It was a clean cut and it healed well and he could have lost his hand instead. That’s how he looks at it. In some ways he loves it.

Love in the Time of Drought | Review of The Long Dry by Cynan Jones --- Mark Sampson

Love in the Time of Drought | Review of The Long Dry by Cynan Jones — Mark Sampson

…a dark, brooding, brutal and devastating novel.

Abandonment Begets Abandonment: Review of Abandon Me by Melissa Febos --- Carolyn Ogburn

Abandonment Begets Abandonment: Review of Abandon Me by Melissa Febos — Carolyn Ogburn

The best parts of this book make no sense at all. That’s what I mean by ambitious.

If... | Poems --- Susan Elmslie

If… | Poems — Susan Elmslie

if his car had gotten a flat, and he’d taken this / as a sign to take a spiritual U-y / if he had smelled fear and been able to name it,

Woods on Fire | Poems --- Fleda Brown

Woods on Fire | Poems — Fleda Brown

…Odysseus / after twenty years returns to Penelope / sword unsheathed suitors slain / even old Laertes murders all around / as if peace is death in other words

Bargain | Short Story --- Sean Preston

Bargain | Short Story — Sean Preston

“So your life is basically just not having sex with people you want to because you have a girlfriend?” “That’s every man’s life!” Sssh.

The Expression of Loss | Poems --- Agustín Fernández Mallo, Translated by Zachary Rockwell Ludington

The Expression of Loss | Poems — Agustín Fernández Mallo, Translated by Zachary Rockwell Ludington

I look at your smile and I think / all lyric poetry expresses loss.

Obsession | Interview with Carlos Fonseca --- Jessica Sequeira

Obsession | Interview with Carlos Fonseca — Jessica Sequeira

The writer always has to be out of place, he has to become a foreigner even to himself. Writing is another form of exile.

Amulets, Talismans | The Ceramic Art of Michel Pastore & Evelyne Porret --- Rikki Ducornet

Amulets, Talismans | The Ceramic Art of Michel Pastore & Evelyne Porret — Rikki Ducornet

In the deepening shadows the late afternoon, they sparked the air and sizzled—more like amulets and talismans than bowls and plates.

Dancing the Numbers: Review of The Schooldays of Jesus by J. M. Coetzee --- Jason DeYoung

Dancing the Numbers: Review of The Schooldays of Jesus by J. M. Coetzee — Jason DeYoung

No one in this novel is clearly named or called Jesus. Only the title teases that one of the characters is, perhaps, the historical Jesus.

Burning the Baby & Other Stories | Fiction --- Kelly Cherry

Burning the Baby & Other Stories | Fiction — Kelly Cherry

Someone struck a match and the baby went up in flames. Members of the family choked on the sickening smell. The father was afraid to look at the mother…

Cries of a mind…leaping out of its lodgings | Review of Drawn from Life, Selected Essays of Michel de Montaigne --- Linda E. Chown

Cries of a mind…leaping out of its lodgings | Review of Drawn from Life, Selected Essays of Michel de Montaigne — Linda E. Chown

…uncannily accurate prose.

The Promise of Intimacy | <em>ask anyone</em>: The Poetry of Ruth Lepson -- Timothy Ogene

The Promise of Intimacy | ask anyone: The Poetry of Ruth Lepson — Timothy Ogene

Near-rendering, because the promise of intimacy is often dispelled by a deflection…

Dr. Griffitt's Ginkgo | Poems --- Maura Stanton

Dr. Griffitt’s Ginkgo | Poems — Maura Stanton

And thank the tree for the fierce way it gave // Him hope that the unlikely might be true— / You could flourish even here, eat shit, drink dew.

The Poetry of Antimetathesis: Essay --- Yannis Livadas

The Poetry of Antimetathesis: Essay — Yannis Livadas

Those far from naive petty tyrants care mainly about one thing: the condition of their self-definition in a construction of words.

Small Revolutions | Drawings --- Anne Hirondelle

Small Revolutions | Drawings — Anne Hirondelle

& after the Potter’s wheel is still, we still turn / with small revolutions of faith & doubt… —David W. Fenza

The Avant-Pop Novels of J. P. McEvoy | Essay --- Steven Moore

The Avant-Pop Novels of J. P. McEvoy | Essay — Steven Moore

Ingenious novels that unfold solely by way of letters, telegrams, newspaper articles, ads, telephone transcriptions, scripts, playbills, greeting cards…

Uimhir a Cúig | Bad Weather Days: Memoir — Amanda Bell

Uimhir a Cúig | Bad Weather Days: Memoir — Amanda Bell

‘Just having a little think,’ he’d murmur, ‘not asleep yet. Good night pet lamb.’ Then he’d turn off the bedside light and we’d go to sleep.

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