JUNE ISSUE

Numéro Cinq at the Movies | Wong Kar Wai's Secrets, or My Sense of an Ending --- R. W. Gray
A Lucky Man: Poems --- Sydney Lea
Punch: Short Story --- Cary Fagan
Imagining Sins: Poems --- Lady Rojas Benavente | Translated by Sophie M. Lavoie
Haints Stay | Novel Excerpt --- Colin Winnette
There Is No News Here, Only Darkness: A Review of Haints Stay by Colin Winnette --- Jason DeYoung
Onward From Insufficiency: Review of Don McKay's Angular Unconformity: Collected Poems 1970-2014 --- Sydney Lea
A Great Labyrinth: The Winding Stair, Maud Gonne, and a Quest for the Quintessential Yeats — Patrick J. Keane
The Game for Real  | Novel Excerpt --- Richard Weiner
Dioramas of the Mind: A Review of Richard Weiner’s The Game for Real --- Frank Richardson
With God in the Kitchen & Ars Poetica: Poems --- A. Anupama
Permafrost: Fiction --- Zoë Meager
The Physics of Sorrow: Novel Excerpt — Georgi Gospodinov
A Half-life at Home: Review of Georgi Gospodinov's The Physics of Sorrow — Geeda Searfoorce
What It's Like Living Here --- Kate McCahill in Santa Fe
Plot Structure in Three Stories: Essay on Form --- Nicole Chu
The Critic as Artist | Review of Renata Adler's After the Tall Timber: Collected Nonfiction --- Julian Hanna
Conjure & Demolish: Poems --- K. Thomas Kahn
Uimhir a Cúig | Apology: Poems --- Victoria Kennefick
The Sniper: Micro-fiction --- Mark Anthony Jarman
Sentimental Journey Through Hell & Italy: Review of Mark Anthony Jarman's Knife Party at the Hotel Europa — Lee D. Thompson
Numéro Cinq at the Movies | Wong Kar Wai's Secrets, or My Sense of an Ending --- R. W. Gray

Numéro Cinq at the Movies | Wong Kar Wai’s Secrets, or My Sense of an Ending — R. W. Gray

Telling a secret to the walls of Angkor Wat, Chow opened the possibility of the secret enduring, held by the temple, the orange-robed monks as witnesses, the trilling birds as heralds.

A Lucky Man: Poems --- Sydney Lea

A Lucky Man: Poems — Sydney Lea

Our old dog threw up today / Nothing new nor convenient / I kept myself from cursing / She didn’t mean to do wrong / True some words pushed at my lips / But I recalled the Psalmist’s / Caution on the loosened tongue…

Punch: Short Story --- Cary Fagan

Punch: Short Story — Cary Fagan

They came into the classroom to arrest me, two polite police officers, male and female, burdened with the heavy accouterments of law enforcement—guns, walkie-talkies, night-sticks, sprays, flak-jackets. It was the woman officer who asked me to put my hands behind my back…

Imagining Sins: Poems --- Lady Rojas Benavente | Translated by Sophie M. Lavoie

Imagining Sins: Poems — Lady Rojas Benavente | Translated by Sophie M. Lavoie

I read Rilke, / and imagine / Beauvoir / on top of Sartre. // Circular alleys / where lasses / run behind the monks / and the milk turns sour / between their legs.

Haints Stay | Novel Excerpt --- Colin Winnette

Haints Stay | Novel Excerpt — Colin Winnette

In some ways Haints Stay is about parenting in the surreal world Colin Winnette creates in the novel. What I love the most in this section is the kind of hardscrabble wisdom that comes at the end when Brooke teaches Bird to hunt…

There Is No News Here, Only Darkness: A Review of Haints Stay by Colin Winnette --- Jason DeYoung

There Is No News Here, Only Darkness: A Review of Haints Stay by Colin Winnette — Jason DeYoung

A brutal book of lost souls trying to survive cannibals and stampedes and marauders, it reminds us no one gets out alive, and that there is always something more evil out there.

Onward From Insufficiency: Review of Don McKay's Angular Unconformity: Collected Poems 1970-2014 --- Sydney Lea

Onward From Insufficiency: Review of Don McKay’s Angular Unconformity: Collected Poems 1970-2014 — Sydney Lea

My main intention here, anyhow, is simply to say, Go read the work. — Sydney Lea

A Great Labyrinth: The Winding Stair, Maud Gonne, and a Quest for the Quintessential Yeats — Patrick J. Keane

A Great Labyrinth: The Winding Stair, Maud Gonne, and a Quest for the Quintessential Yeats — Patrick J. Keane

If there were no Maud Gonne, Yeats would have invented her, requiring, like most poets in the Romantic and Celtic traditions, a Muse…

The Game for Real  | Novel Excerpt --- Richard Weiner

The Game for Real | Novel Excerpt — Richard Weiner

Long recognized in Europe as one of the most important Czech writers of the twentieth century, Richard Weiner’s surrealistic fiction, often compared to Kafka’s, is now available for the first time in English…

Dioramas of the Mind: A Review of Richard Weiner’s The Game for Real --- Frank Richardson

Dioramas of the Mind: A Review of Richard Weiner’s The Game for Real — Frank Richardson

The narrator moves through these phantasmagorical settings, a diorama of his mind, with remarkable savoir faire, as if he knows he is in a dream, and instead of being afraid, he is curious; in fact, he states the same…

With God in the Kitchen & Ars Poetica: Poems --- A. Anupama

With God in the Kitchen & Ars Poetica: Poems — A. Anupama

God finds me in this pose, and leaves me to sulk. / I suppose then I get angry and chase Him down, // and He can’t be found anywhere. / He knows He is torturing me, and He laughs. // So, I go into the kitchen to make curry, and while…

Permafrost: Fiction --- Zoë Meager

Permafrost: Fiction — Zoë Meager

The cold was creeping tight in his chest as he pulled on his thickest clothes. They blanketed him like a snow drift, softening his angles, rendering him as indistinct as the peasants in the street. He mounted his horse, Hachi, and keeping the village at their backs…

The Physics of Sorrow: Novel Excerpt — Georgi Gospodinov

The Physics of Sorrow: Novel Excerpt — Georgi Gospodinov

… a memory of the narrator’s father becomes the catalyst for an imaginary Socratic spat, a tribute to the ephemeral, and a demonstration of how a writer’s sense of control on the page can evaporate in human interaction.

A Half-life at Home: Review of Georgi Gospodinov's The Physics of Sorrow — Geeda Searfoorce

A Half-life at Home: Review of Georgi Gospodinov’s The Physics of Sorrow — Geeda Searfoorce

Gospodinov reminds us that there are other ways to construct a story, and we are devising new blue prints all the time.

What It's Like Living Here --- Kate McCahill in Santa Fe

What It’s Like Living Here — Kate McCahill in Santa Fe

The desert has taught me to pray for rain. I search the sky for clouds, and when the drops finally fall, I can smell water before it hits the ground. The scent creeps in through adobe walls. I can hear it on the roof.

Plot Structure in Three Stories: Essay on Form --- Nicole Chu

Plot Structure in Three Stories: Essay on Form — Nicole Chu

Readers invest in characters who chase after their desires, fail, get up and try again. We root for characters who, in our minds, allow us to imagine what it is like to step into their skin and travel to “incredible destinations.”

The Critic as Artist | Review of Renata Adler's After the Tall Timber: Collected Nonfiction --- Julian Hanna

The Critic as Artist | Review of Renata Adler’s After the Tall Timber: Collected Nonfiction — Julian Hanna

…her seemingly effortless grace and courage have already made her a model for future generations. —Julian Hanna

Conjure & Demolish: Poems --- K. Thomas Kahn

Conjure & Demolish: Poems — K. Thomas Kahn

Scarce memories running naked such sickled oaks you and I beneath deluding ourselves we were waxing I can honestly say from higher ground my tongue knew no thing no matter what spells from it you supped…

Uimhir a Cúig | Apology: Poems --- Victoria Kennefick

Uimhir a Cúig | Apology: Poems — Victoria Kennefick

Kennefick is not using the fixed stars to determine time and space but the sea itself. She resembles the whalesmen of Melville when he writes, “in maritime life, far more than in that of terra firma, wild rumors abound…

The Sniper: Micro-fiction --- Mark Anthony Jarman

The Sniper: Micro-fiction — Mark Anthony Jarman

I breathe out, squeeze the trigger slowly, and the human outline recoils from the blow. I have hit a man up on the medieval wall. Someone shouts and men start down the hillside paths. My mother and father smile and relax in the suburban sun…

Sentimental Journey Through Hell & Italy: Review of Mark Anthony Jarman's Knife Party at the Hotel Europa — Lee D. Thompson

Sentimental Journey Through Hell & Italy: Review of Mark Anthony Jarman’s Knife Party at the Hotel Europa — Lee D. Thompson

This is no haven for lost souls seeking redemption; no one will be rescued from firestorms of ash…

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