From the Editors

Robert Delaunay, 1938, "Rythme n°1," oil on canvas

Dear Reader,

Phillip Mandel & Michaela Hansen

You should never be writing for someone; only write for yourself.

Fiction

Cy Twombly "Leda and the Swan" (1962)

Swan Song

Gabriela Denise Frank

Sometimes, I question if I had legs before I met Anthony.

Poetry

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Two Poems

Remi Recchia

kiss to light up your father’s study

Review

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How to Travel Without Seeing

A Review of Andrés Neuman’s How to Travel Without Seeing

So, what then, is the point of traveling, if where we visit is not much different from where we left?

Interview

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Calling Patient Zero

An Interview with Tomás Morín

I’m a narrative poet with lyric inclinations so it’s no surprise my poems contain stories.

Nonfiction

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Repeat

Jessica Smith

There is a repetition compulsion threaded through the hard work of grieving.

Poetry

Edouard Manet "Woman with a Parrot" (1866)

Two Poems

Amie Whittemore

under the Milky Way’s white skirt

Fiction

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Every Version of Me

Ashley Morrow Hermsmeier

I know it’s Me even though I don’t recognize Myself

Review

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8th Street Power & Light

A Review of Eric Shonkwiler’s 8th Street Power & Light

By evening the clouds had thinned, and it was cold

Poetry

Vincent van Gogh "Wheatfield with Crows" (1890)

"Mosiac in Nightshade"

Deborah Allbritain

everything in this moment
bewilders, hesitates.

Fiction

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Donovan's Whale

Jill Jepson

My father was a sailor who went to sea and stayed there.

Review

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2084: The End of the World

A Review of Boualem Sansal’s 2084: The End of the World

It’s a somber but beautiful opening that functions as a kind of promise.

Fiction

Joseph Cornell "Toward the Blue Peninsula" (1952)

Uncuttable

Jefferson Navicky

Beautiful divots encased in concrete like a necklace of loss.

Ekphrasis

"Butterfly Effect" by Majla Zeneli

Exactly Where I Was

Robin Cedar

I knew

Ekphrasis

"Butterfly Effect" by Majla Zeneli

This Morning

Devon Balwit

cautiously pressing to keep

Nonfiction

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A Good Laugh

Jeremy Griffin

Every last one of them had a cigarette smoldering between their fingers.

Interview

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All They Will Call You

An Interview with Tim Hernandez

I think that’s one of the most basic and powerful functions of good art, it invites people to make their own meaning.

Review

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Unbearable Splendor

A Review of Sun Yung Shin’s Unbearable Splendor

Shin’s ability to shift directions and perspectives quickly, to zoom in and out to the micro and macro, is hypnotizing.

Poetry

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I Am Alive, Skidding

Eve Kenneally

crush. Pitchforked in a salt-worn dream anchor. This space:

Review

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From the Vault: The Exes

From the Vault: Phillip Mandel Reviews Pagan Kennedy’s The Exes (1998)

But the drama of drink-and-drug addled artists smashing together for a few years of their lives is timeless.

Fiction

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Footwork

Steven Ramirez

I ever tell you the one about the vato who left the desert to go buy sand?

Poetry

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A Flash Interview with Stephen Dunn

Andrew Hincapie Talks With Stephen Dunn

It’s no surprise that some poems are difficult, but difficulty is often overrated.