October Issue

Uimhir a Cúig |Like A Rolling Stone: Irish Language Literature and Art in a Modern Cultural Context --- Liam Carson
Nights in the Tractorbeam: Short Story ---  Andrew F. Sullivan
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Beyond Words --- The Numéro Cinq October Issue Preview
Uimhir a Cúig |Like A Rolling Stone: Irish Language Literature and Art in a Modern Cultural Context --- Liam Carson

Uimhir a Cúig |Like A Rolling Stone: Irish Language Literature and Art in a Modern Cultural Context — Liam Carson

Once upon a time…I was a reader, but not a reader of literature in Irish. I was a speaker of Irish, or a kind of Irish, having been brought up speaking the language in Belfast in the 1960s. My father had many books in Irish – the classic Gaeltacht memoirs and novels by writers such as Séamas Ó Grianna and Seosamh Mac Grianna, Maurice O’Sullivan, Peig Sayers, and Tomás Ó Criomhthain. I never read these books. For one, I didn’t feel my Irish was good enough to engage with them. For another, they didn’t seem to have much to do with the world in which I lived – in 1970s Belfast, my cultural reference points were Bob Dylan, The Doors, punk rock, and science fiction.

Nights in the Tractorbeam: Short Story ---  Andrew F. Sullivan

Nights in the Tractorbeam: Short Story — Andrew F. Sullivan

The first time they floated through the ceiling, Abbie Kirkland was naked. Life was full of constraints, obligations and restrictions—sleep was one chance to abandon all of that. Even in the winter months, she hated sleeping in her clothes. Quilts were piled up on the bed, but she and Derek floated right up through them, their skin lit up blue under in a wide circle of light. Derek wore only a ratty t-shirt, the armpits gaping holes. The clock read 3:00 AM…

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At the Top of the Page this month: essays and reviews, a selection of Jacob Glover’s contributions to the magazine. Jacob Glover has been an accomplice, co-conspirator, helpful presence from the magazine’s inception. He’s contributed essays, reviews, translations, poems, blog posts, and contest entries (in the days when we ran contests), also performed as a singer-songwriter with his brother Jonah, also scouted and curated pieces for the magazine. He’s one of the old guard. Only Rich Farrell has seniority on the current masthead.

Beyond Words --- The Numéro Cinq October Issue Preview

Beyond Words — The Numéro Cinq October Issue Preview

Art is the human/inhuman attempt to get at what is beyond the words, the thing that cannot be expressed, whether love or sadness or joy or awe. Paradox there, I know. If you’re writing words, how can you be trying to get beyond words? But you are. Think about it. In this issue we have storytelling in painting by Andrew Salgado, a brilliant essay about Gail Scott’s syntactic symbolism, freshly translated poems from Goran Simić in Bosnia, stories by Ben Woodard and Andrew Sullivan, and more.

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