August 20, 2014
Review: The Gorgeous Nothings by Emily Dickinson

Review: The Gorgeous Nothings by Emily Dickinson

By Maureen Alsop

GorgeousNothingsA particular energy hovers in any visual artist’s studio. Vivid or dank palettes, otherworldly mixtures, the space around the canvas (once the canvas is extracted), various random patterns—splattered paint on the floor, walls, sink. Remnants of a messy, raw, leveling of intention.

These sputters of the “in-between,” the nether counterparts to completion, resonate with an…

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August 13, 2014
Essay: A Hieronymus Litany

Essay: A Hieronymus Litany

By Art Beck

EssayArtBeckI. For the Love of God, Jerome?

Somewhere on the internet—I’m ashamed to say I’ve forgotten where or whose poem it was—I came across a poem that began with a Latin epigraph: Amor ordinem nescit.

The poem, as I recall, had either a love or softcore theme, and the epigraph—“love knows nothing of order”—seemed appropriate enough. But the phrase was unattributed and I wondered: was this…

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August 10, 2014
Contributor News: Lewis Buzbee

Lewis Buzbee (“Though,” Issue 2) has a new book, Blackboard: A Personal History of the Classroom…

Contributor News: Lewis Buzbee

Lewis Buzbee (“Though,” Issue 2) has a new book, Blackboard: A Personal History of the Classroom…

August 8, 2014
Leviathan by Allison Funk from the Journal 38.2 Spring 2014

Leviathan by Allison Funk from the Journal 38.2 Spring 2014

Leviathan

Allison Funk // Poetry

            From the Myrrour of the Worlde by William Caxton, 1481

After my son pummeled the back door,
Fisted a knife into the lock,

Spat and stabbed at the glass between us,
After the police came, cuffed him,

And left, I tried, still trembling, to remember
How even the children of gods misbehaved.

In all the creation tales I’ve known,
Floods are raised out of the…

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August 3, 2014
Contributor News: Stacey Levine

Stacey Levine (“A Man Hid,” “Bianca Said,” Issue 1), along with many other women writers,

Contributor News: Stacey Levine

Stacey Levine (“A Man Hid,” “Bianca Said,” Issue 1), along with many other women writers,

August 1, 2014
Contributor News: Laurie Blauner

Laurie Blauner (“Guide for the Perplexed,” Issue 2) has a new book of poetry, It Looks Worse Than I Am, forthcoming in October from…

Contributor News: Laurie Blauner

Laurie Blauner (“Guide for the Perplexed,” Issue 2) has a new book of poetry, It Looks Worse Than I Am, forthcoming in October from…

July 28, 2014
On Light Noise as Translation

On Light Noise as Translation

By Karen An-hwei Lee

LightNoise

Several years ago, a friend gave me a gift subscription to a magazine that sent, in turn, a sequence of maps—a bird migration map, a global warming map, a seas-of-the-world map, a night-sky atlas, and a map of the globe at night.1 A translation of composite satellite data taken of the earth in darkness, a night mapdiagrams the luminosity of urban centers where artificial…

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July 24, 2014
Unimortal by Marina Kaganova from Failbetter

Unimortal by Marina Kaganova from Failbetter

they said instantly
not like the song & dance
thing that goes on a while
& nobody’s paying
attention because it
is clearly too late for
the party to redeem
itself, no they said
instantly but there
was no head rolling
down though they said
instantly the girl was
decapitated instantly
a thread of skin still
as wire & they said
we are not sure if it
counts technically
her head is still
attached by this little
bit over…

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July 22, 2014
"Menagerie: One Degree of Separation" By Thaddeus Rutkowski in The New York Times

July 20, 2014
Review: Sidewalks by Valeria Luiselli

Review: Sidewalks by Valeria Luiselli

By Nancy Smith

SidewalksSidewalkslanded on my desk during the usual end-of-semester rush. I had several essays due, a stack of papers to grade, and a research project to wrap up. And then summer came. Naturally it was time for a vacation. I packed up a few books and headed off on a road trip, where I finally got acquainted with Valeria Luiselli’s essay collection after a long day of wandering around the…

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