A Public Space
"It had a great feeling of unreality": the designer Eva Zeisel's Soviet prison memoir; Teju Cole's epigraphs of the eye; John Haskell on joy; Therese Stanton on Walt Whitman; stories by Dorthe Nors, Peter Orner, Justin Tussing, and Jesmyn Ward; poems by Roberto Bolaño, Julie Carr, Billy Collins, and others.
Table of Contents
Is That You, Walt Whitman?
At first he thought the men were naked.
Epigraphs of the Eye
When I began to think about what to think about the tenth anniversary of the attacks, I went out walking.
Memories of long ago are not true.
She had once been advised to listen well to what a man said just when he began to sense a woman was showing interest in him.
The boy’s birth had been unreasonable, in all the ordinary ways.
The carpenter will be arriving / Sometime after the holiday
The Pier Leaps Out
The pier leaps out / toward the ocean
Did You Ever Suspect Anything When You Were Growing Up?
It just started one day, that eerie screaming, / my inconsolability given voice, / given back as if from some bird or from trees.
This cigarette burns but is never consumed.
Whatever it was that just flew out of my head / did not leave a trace, / not a contrail in the sky, / not a footprint in the new snow.
There, where stones populate / the underneath, splay / rain as it blends & stops
Boxes with Respect to Emily Dickinson
Orangey orange glow inside a silver bowl and atop a silver neck.
Born to the summer, guest of Castor and Pollux, / horseman and boxer.
Scottish Fleet Pattern Number Twenty-Four
A saltwater event, with its airs of tarred line and other fibers: / a storm, a sky of black nonchalance
From A Stroll Through Literature
I dreamt I was out walking on the boardwalk in New York and in the distance I could see the figure of Manuel Puig.
You Can’t Say Dallas Doesn’t Love You
It is not our destiny here to get comfort from old familiar places.
I was in the center of Leipzig, coming out of a bookstore, and across the street from the bookstore a building was being demolished.
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