From the Editors

Odilon Redon, "Flower of the Swamp, a Head Human and Sad" (1885)

Dear Reader,

Phillip Mandel & Michaela Hansen

Does fact matter, if nobody knows it?

Poetry

Photo: Matthias Uhlig / Design: A.D.S.

Life is an Application

Christina Quintana

I would like to request a fee waiver for this application as I am (a) not rich and (b) not getting richer in the foreseeable future.

Fiction

Photo: moominsean

When I Grow Up, I Want to be a Ghost

Casey Whitworth

At one point, my mother had a butcher’s knife and kept saying, ‘I swear to God I’ll do it!’

Review

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A Bestiary

 Lily Hoang

As the Chinese Zodiac moves through another twelve-year cycle, it is certain that further difficulties await.

Interview & Review

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for all the other ghosts

A Book Review and Conversation with Justin Sanders

The ghosts of history still haunt the woods and alleys, bridges and country roads. One can glimpse the past stained on the flags and horses, fireflies and Nikes.

Nonfiction

Photo: Andreas Kohn
& Nicolas Will / Design: A.D.S.

Alphabet of Tiny

Janet Yoder

What is our responsibility to those who cannot afford the high cost of housing in our growing cities?

Nonfiction

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A Space Between Us

Chloe Livaudais

I know that this lump could be very bad because my mother had been forced to separate herself from just such a badness…

Fiction

Photo: Brandon Dimcheff &  Northwest Power and Conservation Council / Design: A.D.S

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Marléne Zadig

Candy hated this young woman, who looked to be approximately the same age as she was.

Interview

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Creativity, Emotion, & Memory

An Interview with Leigh Stein

…but when I was inside it, I saw no patterns.

Poetry

Paul Cezanne, "Still Life with Skull" (1898)

Stories Are This, Stories Are That

Mercedes Lawry

Expect the full-on drama to sweep in / with violins, even peril a frolic, / even danger a cause for flattery.

Fiction

Photo: Ulrich Peters & 
K.C. Pierce / Design: A.D.S.

The Illuminated Half

Natalia Castells-Esquivel

There were only a few things Freddy knew about his dad: 1. He was an asshole… 2. His name was Antonio. 3. He was good at baseball.

Review

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The Transmigration of Bodies

A Review of Yuri Herrera’s The Transmigration of Bodies

Any silence is purely coincidental, okay?

Fiction

James Ensor, "Self-portrait with Masks" (1899)

The End of the World

Michael Chin

It’s Independence Day and the birds are losing their minds.

Interview & Review

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An Elegy Peeled Back

Wayne Miller – An Interview and Book Review

…the dead are only discoverable in pieces, as the sequence glides through scenes that call attention to how sorrow is aroused and housed in minute moments: “it’s good to remember: / butterflies / will sip blood from an open wound.”

Poetry

“Valise d’Adam” by Frederick Sommer

Sometimes I Worry About

Elizabeth O’Connell-Thompson

My doctor sees to it that I bleed every month

Poetry

Franz Xaver Messerschmidt, "The Artist as He Imagined Himself Laughing" (1777)

3 Poems

Scott Schwalenberg

I can remember when/we were afraid of drowning.

Interview

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Strange Monsters

An Interview with Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam and Peter Brewer

 

It was important for me to write lyrically, to give these women a poetic eloquence in the face of adversity.

Review

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Life Where You Want It

A Flash Review

The story itself similarly inverts and subverts the reader’s expectations.

Nonfiction

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Cottonmouth

Brent Fisk

The snake writhed though dead, turned the bilge water pink, and ruined my mother’s white tennis shoes.

Interview

Interview with Mary Ruefle

On the Craft of Erasure

A Conversation with Mary Ruefle

When I cut up a book, I keep it.

Fiction

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Compliance

Marit MacArthur

…why we obey commands to open, to bite down…

Poetry

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Shrimp, Headless Already

Victoria McArtor

I’ll teach you to peel / all the legs and thorax