AUGUST ISSUE

Numéro Cinq at the Movies: Vincent Haycock's “What Kind of Man,” Introduced by R W Gray
Letters to the Universe: From Rilke's Duino Elegies --- Translated by Allan Cooper
Yellow Crane: Poem --- Susan Gillis
Night Train to Venice: Poems --- Theodore Deppe
Revulsion: Thomas Bernhard in San Salvador: Fiction --- Horacio Castellanos Moya
House of Lunatics | Review of Revulsion: Thomas Bernhard in San Salvador by Horacio Castellanos Moya --- Benjamin Woodard
The Deserts and the Seas: Zazil Alaíde Collins | Poems and Interview --- Dylan Brennan
The Fatal Problem | Review of Ben Lerner's The Hatred of Poetry --- Carolyn Ogburn
Slow Dancing: Poems --- Daniel Lawless
Emerson and Self-Reliance: Paradoxical Idea, Ambiguous Legacy --- Patrick J. Keane
The Truth About Death: Short Story --- Evan Lavender-Smith
Uimhir a Cúig | Speed My Slowing Heart: Poems --- Michael Ray
Tower of Fools: Fiction --- Margaret Nowaczyk
Why Do We Need to Think We Agree on Reality? --- Lawrence Sutin
Crossing Water: Memoir --- Cynthia Flood
The Habit of Being Passionate: Dorothy Day's Radical Mysticism --- Laura Michele Diener
At Last, the Reading Public Gets the Trees It Deserves: Fiction --- Curtis White
Brightfellow: A Novel Excerpt --- Rikki Ducornet
A Dubious Boy: A Review of Brightfellow by Rikki Ducornet—Jason DeYoung
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Numéro Cinq at the Movies: Vincent Haycock's “What Kind of Man,” Introduced by R W Gray

Numéro Cinq at the Movies: Vincent Haycock’s “What Kind of Man,” Introduced by R W Gray

A nightmare dream of a tango, shaken, sultry, and salt-licked.

Letters to the Universe: From Rilke's Duino Elegies --- Translated by Allan Cooper

Letters to the Universe: From Rilke’s Duino Elegies — Translated by Allan Cooper

This is the hour to say things, and this is its home. / Say it now.

Yellow Crane: Poem --- Susan Gillis

Yellow Crane: Poem — Susan Gillis

What’s that rushing at me from all directions? / That’s your life, disguised as traffic. Look how it gathers in morning light like molten glass.

Night Train to Venice: Poems --- Theodore Deppe

Night Train to Venice: Poems — Theodore Deppe

Call it the Little Library / of the Road, the way the right book / sometimes waits for you…

Revulsion: Thomas Bernhard in San Salvador: Fiction --- Horacio Castellanos Moya

Revulsion: Thomas Bernhard in San Salvador: Fiction — Horacio Castellanos Moya

My brother is possessed, Moya, it causes me true sorrow that someone could live a life like that.

House of Lunatics | Review of Revulsion: Thomas Bernhard in San Salvador by Horacio Castellanos Moya --- Benjamin Woodard

House of Lunatics | Review of Revulsion: Thomas Bernhard in San Salvador by Horacio Castellanos Moya — Benjamin Woodard

A blistering novella.

The Deserts and the Seas: Zazil Alaíde Collins | Poems and Interview --- Dylan Brennan

The Deserts and the Seas: Zazil Alaíde Collins | Poems and Interview — Dylan Brennan

The old men claim to have seen them / devoured by the sea.

The Fatal Problem | Review of Ben Lerner's The Hatred of Poetry --- Carolyn Ogburn

The Fatal Problem | Review of Ben Lerner’s The Hatred of Poetry — Carolyn Ogburn

The fatal problem with poetry: poems.

Slow Dancing: Poems --- Daniel Lawless

Slow Dancing: Poems — Daniel Lawless

…grand-niece, sixteen, drugs — as we watch her / Watch us, unseeing, cheeks smeared with mud, / Slow-dancing to la musique inouïe,

Emerson and Self-Reliance: Paradoxical Idea, Ambiguous Legacy --- Patrick J. Keane

Emerson and Self-Reliance: Paradoxical Idea, Ambiguous Legacy — Patrick J. Keane

Living for the moment and liberated from the burden of the past…

The Truth About Death: Short Story --- Evan Lavender-Smith

The Truth About Death: Short Story — Evan Lavender-Smith

I’m not going to eat my burger unless you tell me what death’s all about. If you don’t tell me the truth about death, then this cow will have died for nothing.

Uimhir a Cúig | Speed My Slowing Heart: Poems --- Michael Ray

Uimhir a Cúig | Speed My Slowing Heart: Poems — Michael Ray

Madame Bovary lay shut beside her tea. / There was music in the thinness of her wrists.

Tower of Fools: Fiction --- Margaret Nowaczyk

Tower of Fools: Fiction — Margaret Nowaczyk

The first time he saw Adèle she was dancing on a chair at their med school orientation party. She wore autographed boxer shorts from an upper class man…

Why Do We Need to Think We Agree on Reality? --- Lawrence Sutin

Why Do We Need to Think We Agree on Reality? — Lawrence Sutin

We have a patchwork reality consensus. Communication drips and distorts in this vale of tears.

Crossing Water: Memoir --- Cynthia Flood

Crossing Water: Memoir — Cynthia Flood

Next: I am lying flat, wearing a blue hospital gown. A voice says, “We’ll take her up to the ward now.”

The Habit of Being Passionate: Dorothy Day's Radical Mysticism --- Laura Michele Diener

The Habit of Being Passionate: Dorothy Day’s Radical Mysticism — Laura Michele Diener

She lived passionately, going to the root of the word, meaning to suffer.

At Last, the Reading Public Gets the Trees It Deserves: Fiction --- Curtis White

At Last, the Reading Public Gets the Trees It Deserves: Fiction — Curtis White

I hope now that we can return to the wide-open spaces of the American interior…

Brightfellow: A Novel Excerpt --- Rikki Ducornet

Brightfellow: A Novel Excerpt — Rikki Ducornet

The identity of Charter is a lie, of course, but in this brief section, he sees the possibilities and promise of becoming someone new.

A Dubious Boy: A Review of Brightfellow by Rikki Ducornet—Jason DeYoung

A Dubious Boy: A Review of Brightfellow by Rikki Ducornet—Jason DeYoung

I don’t believe I’ve ever come away from one of Ducornet’s novels uninspired.

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These are gorgeously human and humane documents. Read them and you’ll get a sense of why the magazine exists and persists. We are doing important work of the heart.

Chimerical/Non-conformist: The Numéro Cinq August Issue Preview

Chimerical/Non-conformist: The Numéro Cinq August Issue Preview

Something chimerical in this one, the non-conformist issue.

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