September 2, 2014
Your Impossible Voice #5

Your Impossible Voice #5

Your Impossible Voice #5 Cover

The fall issue of Your Impossible Voice is here with incredible new work from Aaron Shurin, Eugene Lim, Kathleen Jesme, Mary Carroll-Hackett, Fernando Vallejo (translated by Laia García Sánchez and Robert Jackson), Kyle Hemmings, Daniel J. Pizappi, Steve Weiner, Michael Shou-Yung Shum, Rachel Nagelberg, Marianne Villanueva, Nicholas Alexander Hayes, Gerard Sarnat, Nels Hanson, Laura…

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September 2, 2014

Your Impossible Voice is turning one year old! To celebrate this most momentous milestone of literary longevity we are having a reading at Alley Cat Books. On hand will be a cavalcade of contributors to the just released Your Impossible Voice #5.

Thursday, September 25at 7:00pm
Alley Cat Books
3036 24th St,
San Francisco, California 94110

Join Your Impossible Voice and the staff of Alley Cat Books for a truly memorable night of prose and verse emceed by Stephen Beachy and Karen Biscopink, featuring readings by Aaron Shurin, Maureen Alsop, Gillian Conoley, Marianne Villanueva, Rachel Nagelberg, Laia García Sánchez, and more!

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Your Impossible Voice #5 Launch Party Your Impossible Voice is turning one year old! To celebrate this most momentous milestone of literary longevity we are having a reading at Alley Cat Books.

August 26, 2014
Review: With My Dog-Eyes by Hilda Hilst

Review: With My Dog-Eyes by Hilda Hilst

By Josey Foo

DogEyesHilda Hilst wrote With My Dog-Eyes when she was in her fifties. Translator Adam Morris writes in his introduction that as she aged, Hilst increasingly felt that serious provocative literature, literature to “wake people up,” was absent in Brazil, including in her own writing. She felt there was no writing brave enough to properly treat the banalities of modern life with its…

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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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