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The Valise, by Michel Lambert. Translated from the French by Paul Curtis Daw

They came by to pick up Bob around four. He lived in a three-room apartment above a pharmacy, across from the high school where they had all known each other … Continue reading

June 30, 2016 · Leave a comment

Relax, Pay Attention – A Walk in the Park with Mark Rudman, by Matt Corey

The following conversation is from a series of interviews Matt Corey, a writer who lives in New York, conducted with Mark Rudman. * Once the weather got nice in New … Continue reading

June 30, 2016 · Leave a comment

Three poems by Mebane Robertson

A Silken Tie Blind and blotted out like a typo in a line, The yolk of the egg sleeps in infinity. No. This is not about me, or you for … Continue reading

June 30, 2016 · Leave a comment

Prologue: Cowboy, by Robert Margolis

Somebody hurt my hand. I was walking in the damp grass. A man hurt my hand. He was walking. I followed his eyes. The long gray coat. I smelt the … Continue reading

June 30, 2016 · Leave a comment

Two poems by John Johnson

All the Above They say the climate here is right for weather, with clouds unlike anything, ambiguous winds kicking up dry leaves of the alphabet, where you might be happy … Continue reading

June 30, 2016 · Leave a comment

Poem & drawing by Philip Nikolayev

A homeless man making his bed in Harvard Square. Life sketch in pencil by Philip Nikolayev. LOCKED I know two homeless men, they both believe that evil forces have messed … Continue reading

December 27, 2015 · Leave a comment

Two poems by Strummer Hoffston

GIRL AND VULTURE: SUDAN, 1993 In the dream he comes upon the girl and picks her up. He kisses her head, wipes dust from her nose and mouth, and sways … Continue reading

December 27, 2015 · Leave a comment

Poem by Aldo Palazzeschi. translated from the Italian by Nicholas Benson

The Hand You all know very well what a hand is. A hand! Who among you hasn’t seen one? But you’d have no way of knowing what a hand no … Continue reading

December 27, 2015 · Leave a comment

Thomas Hardy and the Urbanization of China. Letter from Suzhou by Glenn Arnold

  So you were probably expecting a clever treatise linking Victorian literature and modern Asian economic theory? Sorry to disappoint you, but I have nothing to say about either of … Continue reading

December 27, 2015 · Leave a comment

Postcards from Rachel, Abroad. essay by David Shields

Hi, David. Here I am in Geneva. The Swiss have the second-largest standing army in the world. They can mobilize their entire force in less than 30 minutes. All men … Continue reading

June 29, 2015 · Leave a comment

Poem by Mark Rudman

ELEGY FOR RACHEL WETZSTEON 1 I just read that a woman, poet, and friend, younger than I, had committed an impossible act. Something to do with that old standard, unrequited … Continue reading

June 29, 2015 · Leave a comment

Dudu Politics. Letter from Rome by Anna Maria Cossiga

Stories and anecdotes on Berlusconi are countless; and they are said to be true or false depending on who’s telling them. The last one goes that he went to the … Continue reading

June 29, 2015 · Leave a comment

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