A Public Space
Robert Sullivan on the landscape of the American Revolution in Almanac; Suzanne Sullivan's revolutionary quilts; Guillermo Fadanelli at the beach; Gus Powell on the streets of Amsterdam; C.F. Ramuz at the circus; Jack Livings in China; Kathleen Jamie's pilgrimage to Rona; poems by Adrienne Rich, Robyn Schiff, Graham Foust, Joshua Beckman, and others; and introducing Annie Sloniker.
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Yang had come home from the factory for lunch.
Holy Week Vacation
Vacation has begun.
Translated from the Spanish by Joel Streicker
History is in the panorama, buried like old stones or sediment from an older era.
A Calculated Aimlessness
"Bob walks me to work every day at the preschool where I teach, and while we walk he talks to me about what he’s writing."
After the sun went down, you saw the streets of the town fill with people.
Translated from the French by Jill Schoolman
Her name was Ruby and she would have been nine.
A man and a woman move into a new apartment.
This chair delivered yesterday / built for a large heavy man / left me from his estate / lies sidewise legs upturned
The day is perfectly just out of focus.
Tinnitus Asks a Question
Ringing on the street, you know, that day I saw / a girl on a bike get hit by a pickup
The pure spores of anthrax / go forward
I can barely discern, / Through a murmur, / Erotic polyphony— / A diaphane, a daybreak.
Translated from the French by Donald Revell
Bug cloud was my cabin at sleepaway camp
[I Want You to Come Now!]
I want you to come now!
Translated from the Swedish by Elizabeth Clark Wessel
How long have I left you?—played the wolf / or the witch.
A farmer / takes his 87- / year-old mother / to Beijing / on a tricycle
Six o’clock came and went, but Angelika wasn’t really worried.
Translated from the German by Michael Hofmann
Far over the horizon, out in the North Atlantic, where one might expect a clear run to Iceland or even Labrador, or, if anything, just a guano-streaked gull slum, the island of Rona is one last green hill rising from the waves.
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