APRIL ISSUE

Numéro Cinq at the Movies: Eugene Green's Le Pont des Arts Introduced by R. W. Gray
A Good Time Was Had by Some: On Assigning & Relishing the Eternal Punishment of Others --- Patrick J. Keane
Alive, Ineffably Alive: A Review of Max Blecher's Adventures in Immediate Irreality --- Eric Foley
How do you say...in Slovak? | David Zieroth Poems & Interview --- Kathryn Para
A Way Home: Review of Mai Al-Nakib's The Hidden Light of Objects --- Natalia Sarkissian
Fingers Around My Neck: Fiction --- Jason DeYoung
A Twisty, Haunted Masterpiece: A Review of Kelly Link's Get in Trouble --- Benjamin Woodard
تالان (A Looting): Essay --- Agri Ismaïl
The night I spent my last nickel to call Steve: Poems --- George Szirtes
Beautifully, Wantonly: Review of Here Comes Kitty by Richard Kraft and Danielle Dutton --- Natalie Helberg
Dirty Thirties & Rugby: Short Stories --- Terese Svoboda
On Translation | Quiet Accomplishment: Remembering Cid Corman --- Gregory Dunne
I Cried to Dream Again: Song --- Maura Kennedy | Introduced by Patrick J. Keane
Reality Tour: Short Story --- Toni Marques
Uimhir a Cúig | The Ghost Estate: Novel Excerpt & Interview --- John Connell
I’m a Big Fan of the Joyful Solution: Interview with Jen Bervin --- Darren Higgins
Top of the Page | Best of the Numéro Cinq Writer Interviews
Numéro Cinq at the Movies: Eugene Green's Le Pont des Arts Introduced by R. W. Gray

Numéro Cinq at the Movies: Eugene Green’s Le Pont des Arts Introduced by R. W. Gray

The sequence, like others I’ve pointed to in Numero Cinq at the Movies, could be a standalone short film: everything we need is held in this discrete scene. Green’s careful crafting of shots brings us face to face with a heart-breaking beauty.

A Good Time Was Had by Some: On Assigning & Relishing the Eternal Punishment of Others --- Patrick J. Keane

A Good Time Was Had by Some: On Assigning & Relishing the Eternal Punishment of Others — Patrick J. Keane

To encounter this passage about the bliss of the blessed being enhanced by delighting in the torments of the damned, coming from, of all people, Catholicism’s central philosopher-theologian, stunned me…

Alive, Ineffably Alive: A Review of Max Blecher's Adventures in Immediate Irreality --- Eric Foley

Alive, Ineffably Alive: A Review of Max Blecher’s Adventures in Immediate Irreality — Eric Foley

Adventures in Immediate Irreality is a short, powerful dispatch from the heart of European literary modernism—part idiosyncratic coming-of-age novel, part prose poem to the terrifying intensity of the everyday.

How do you say...in Slovak? | David Zieroth Poems & Interview --- Kathryn Para

How do you say…in Slovak? | David Zieroth Poems & Interview — Kathryn Para

We went to the Vienna woods one day, borrowed a car, and Auden’s grave is in the Vienna woods. There it was, and something about it spoke to me, and I asked myself, am I really going to write this poem?

A Way Home: Review of Mai Al-Nakib's The Hidden Light of Objects --- Natalia Sarkissian

A Way Home: Review of Mai Al-Nakib’s The Hidden Light of Objects — Natalia Sarkissian

Perhaps the strongest element the author shares with her characters is the desire to recreate and re-imagine the place where she grew up: a brave, cosmopolitan, outward-looking land that existed not so long ago.

Fingers Around My Neck: Fiction --- Jason DeYoung

Fingers Around My Neck: Fiction — Jason DeYoung

This morning I woke up thinking about the future. Ol’ Tongueless was scrambling eggs. He had written me a note: ‘Not killing you. Leaving today. Please don’t be afraid to speak to me. Invited Pauline over for breakfast.’ He had beautiful, jaunty handwriting. Maybe I’d ask Tongueless to stay.

A Twisty, Haunted Masterpiece: A Review of Kelly Link's Get in Trouble --- Benjamin Woodard

A Twisty, Haunted Masterpiece: A Review of Kelly Link’s Get in Trouble — Benjamin Woodard

Fans of her earlier work are well aware of Kelly Link’s ability to transform seemingly straightforward narratives into twisty, haunted masterpieces…

تالان (A Looting): Essay --- Agri Ismaïl

تالان (A Looting): Essay — Agri Ismaïl

Most novels that you read today seem like relics, as though modernism never happened at all, Flaubertian narratives in which characters hold the latest consumer technology to make you, the reader, realise that it is meant to take place in the now. But it does not feel like any reality you experience on a daily basis…

The night I spent my last nickel to call Steve: Poems --- George Szirtes

The night I spent my last nickel to call Steve: Poems — George Szirtes

It was the same then as it ever was. / It’s what we were before. It’s what we are. // Let’s talk then, you and I, as if by rote. / Let us repeat the words and walk past doors / as if they weren’t there and neither was the rain. / These streets and bars are our familiar shores.

Beautifully, Wantonly: Review of Here Comes Kitty by Richard Kraft and Danielle Dutton --- Natalie Helberg

Beautifully, Wantonly: Review of Here Comes Kitty by Richard Kraft and Danielle Dutton — Natalie Helberg

Here Comes Kitty, a collage project with written interludes, beautifully, wantonly, defies review. Like a dream, it slips off the binds of the mind, building up structures which differ from rational waking.

Dirty Thirties & Rugby: Short Stories --- Terese Svoboda

Dirty Thirties & Rugby: Short Stories — Terese Svoboda

I’m here now to show them I’m the same from my place not so convenient, but what game am I playing? You have only one life, my lover says, as if that’s why I should risk it, kissing me so hard in the back seat that I have to close my eyes, that I should.

On Translation | Quiet Accomplishment: Remembering Cid Corman --- Gregory Dunne

On Translation | Quiet Accomplishment: Remembering Cid Corman — Gregory Dunne

The origin of any poem, of all poems, is the same at its source – it is the impulse to speak, it is the “O” of breath and being – the reaching out of one to another through language – the poet and reader together…

I Cried to Dream Again: Song --- Maura Kennedy | Introduced by Patrick J. Keane

I Cried to Dream Again: Song — Maura Kennedy | Introduced by Patrick J. Keane

The music Maura wrote for it verges on the magical, and the poignant word “bittersweet,” crucially placed and held beautifully by Maura in a long and rising note, evoked for me the love poems written by W. B. Yeats…

Reality Tour: Short Story --- Toni Marques

Reality Tour: Short Story — Toni Marques

But, hey, you’re in Rio’s oldest favela watching a typical day of a crack-cocaine torn family. It’s a crack-o-rama if you will. Anything can happen to a crack-cocaine favela family, what else can I say? You see the girl running around like crazy? Perhaps right now she’s high, you know.

Uimhir a Cúig | The Ghost Estate: Novel Excerpt & Interview --- John Connell

Uimhir a Cúig | The Ghost Estate: Novel Excerpt & Interview — John Connell

The book was wrote in Ireland in a portacabin in a field in Longford. It was necessary to write the book in Ireland. I needed to be in the atmosphere of the place and listening to the local people talk. Ireland was the canvas and the book was the paint if you’ll pardon that analogy.

I’m a Big Fan of the Joyful Solution: Interview with Jen Bervin --- Darren Higgins

I’m a Big Fan of the Joyful Solution: Interview with Jen Bervin — Darren Higgins

Like with any big, delicious problem I started to think about what could be done. And like with any big, delicious problem in art I took a lot of wrong tacks looking for something that works, but what it has come down to now is really beyond thrilling—

Top of the Page | Best of the Numéro Cinq Writer Interviews

Top of the Page | Best of the Numéro Cinq Writer Interviews

At the Top of the Page this month, we feature a selection of the best of Numéro Cinq’s fast-growing archive of stellar author interviews. There is only room for a few. Some great conversations got didn’t make the cut. So go to the NC Interview page and check them out.

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