One broken heart reads another.
- Numéro Cinq at the Movies: R.W. Gray’s zack & luc | Introduction & Interview — Michael V. Smith
- Fat for Art’s Sake: Review of Benjamin Hale’s The Fat Artist — Mark Sampson
- Sixty Steps from Yale: Essay — Sydney Lea
- Dinner with the Fisher King — Paul Pines
- Murdered by Women: Short Story — A D Jameson
- Aspirin: Fiction — Julián Herbert | Translated by Brendan Riley
- What Lies Beneath: Review of Dorthe Nors’ So Much For Winter — Jeff Bursey
- Missing Persons: The Novels of Patrick Modiano — Victoria Best
- A Bomb at the Book Launch: Poems — George Szirtes
- A Master Set Loose in a Small Space: Review of Thomas Bernhard’s Goethe Dies — Joseph Schreiber
- Agonal and Preterminal: Poem — Sharon McCartney
- Love & the Loveless: Classic Tamil Poems — Translated by A. Anupama
- Sea Wolf Speaks from the Studio: Music & Interview — Ann Ireland
- Can You Hear Me Thinking?: Poems — David Helwig
- Strangers in a Strange Land: Lynne M. Browne Photographs & Interview — Mary Kathryn Jablonski
- Funny Hat: Short Story — Jowita Bydlowska
- Ghosts in the Moonlight: Poems — David Ishaya Osu
- At the English Cemetery: Letter from Florence — Laura Michele Diener
Sharp and gripping, artful and devastating.
“The couple’s destiny is written in heaven, but every force on earth seems to interfere with it. The boy’s parents disapprove, the girl’s are suspicious.”
Justin was born to an Irish mother from Hell’s Kitchen on the upper West Side. The family had owned a bucket-of-blood bar on Broadway.
Men sent them proposals, begged them to “come and murder me.” But the women ignored them.
“Do you want an aspirin?” is a poisonous question.
Despair, grief, family conflicts, aesthetic pursuits, and the mundane.
A private compulsion to peer into obscure regions of the past.
Three drunks / emerge from a stray / thought into frozen air / then bawl and sway / and vanish into day.
A darkly comic genius.
Mother comes and strokes Susie’s brow / until the seizure passes. She kneels / and cradles Susie’s head…
Awake, he never came to me, but, asleep, / seeing him preserves my life.
After all, Leonard Cohen and Bob Dylan and David Bowie are all ‘singer-songwriters’ and they’re pretty badass.
a man // seeking only himself, observing light, / hungry among the dying trees.
Images of upstate NY refugee enclave.
I walk behind him rolling my daughter’s beautiful bitter and salty name in my mouth.
whoever made / my body, first / drank a moon — David Ishaya Osu
Laura Michele Diener hangs out with the Roma and a British nun at the English Cemetery in Florence.
Vol. VII, No. 4, April 2016
- Body in Rebellion | Review of Sam Savage’s Zero Gravity: Collected Poems (1981-2015) — David Wojahn
- Numéro Cinq at the Movies: James W. Griffiths’s “Room 8,” Introduced by R W Gray
- Recovery’s Rhythm and Blues — Thomas Simpson with Goran Simić in Bosnia
- Remembrance Day In Patton-Town: Autobiography — Pierre Joris
- Happy Shores: America as Metaphor — Warren Motte
- Undersung | Michelangelo’s Aching Back — Julie Larios
- Fielding Dawson Portrait of Cy Twombly: Poem — Ruth Lepson
- Dirt: A Love Story — Barbara Richardson, John Keeble & Jeanne Rogers
- Wait With Us: Review of The Reactive by Masande Ntshanga — Benjamin Woodard
- The Reactive: Novel Excerpt — Masande Ntshanga
- Safe Journey Home: Óscar Oliva Poems & Commentary — Translated by Dylan Brennan and Keith Payne
- Calm: Short Story — Cynthia Flood
- The State of Latino Lit: Writers in Conversation with Jonathan Marcantoni
- Slouching towards Anarchy — Patrick J. Keane
- I Have Revealed It Here, Just In Case Anybody Ever Cares: Review of Patrick Madden’s Sublime Physick — John Proctor
- Three Poems from Fuchsia — Mahtem Shiferraw
- After the Indian Wars: Paintings by Kay O’Rourke, Texts by Many Including Students from Spokane’s Salish School—Nance Van Winckel
- Call & Response: Poems & Essays from Traversings — Richard Jackson & Robert Vivian
Vol. VII, No. 5, May 2016
- Numéro Cinq at the Movies: Yulia Mahr’s “Path 5 (delta)” — R W Gray
- The Mystery of Julot Calcascieu: Poems & Note — Greg Mulcahy
- The Real Thing Was Quite Homely: Review of White Sands by Geoff Dyer — Jason DeYoung
- My Alphabet Soul A to H: Poems—Betsy Sholl
- Forever an Unknown Country: Review of Quiet Creature on the Corner by João Gilberto Noll—Joseph Schreiber
- Plugging the causal breach: Short Story — Mary Byrne
- Music in the Anthropocene: Interview with Composer Nathan Currier — Carolyn Ogburn
- Some Schemes Shouldn’t Work But Do: The Poetry of Karen Solie — David Wojahn
- What It’s Like Living Here — Shawn Selway in Hamilton, Ontario
- Altered States: Poems from This Being — Ingrid Ruthig
- Uimhir a Cúig | The Vogue: Novel Excerpt — Eoin McNamee
- Transit of Venus: Short Story — Zsófia Bán Translated by Erika Mihálycsa
- Labels from the Field Museum: Poems — Denise Low
- Completing the Mies van der Rohe Brick Country House, An Odyssey — Gary Garvin
- Making Meaning I: The Categorical Imp of the Perverse — Genese Grill
- Leaving Eden: Poems — Momina Masood
- My Brother: Fiction — Gabriel Josipovici
- Apple and Pear Trees — Tomoé Hill