Issue 71

Rehab

Spring 2017
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Featuring
Leslie Jamison / Aimee Bender / Sarah Manguso
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Editor's Note

In this issue we explore some of the ways in which we try to restore the mind and heart. Leslie Jamison, in her essay “Confessions of an Unredeemed Fan,” explores her fascination with the trainwreck life of Amy Winehouse as well as her own battles with the drug that consumed the late pop star. In “The First Wife,” Aimee Bender reimagines and rehabilitates Bluebeard, while Alyssa Knickerbocker draws on the strength of Rogue, Jean Grey, Psylocke, Storm, and Jubilee (duh, the female X-Men) to return her power postpartum. Is there any redemption for hospital food? Jenni Ferrari-Adler makes the case in her Readable Feast. And former Tin House New Voice Jenn Shapland returns with “Illness Is Metaphor,” about the history of consumptives who sought European-style nature cures in the pure New Mexico mountains. The poets will break your heart with their struggles, from pills and booze to blood and the religious ecstatic. Elissa Schappell argues that this country wants to shift back to a fantasia Happy Days ’50s, while Peter Crabapple’s photos document rural Vermont reenactors portraying German and Soviet troops on the Eastern Front during World War II.

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Table of Contents

Fiction

Jennifer Tseng
To Drink from the Lion's Mouth
Aimee Bender
The First Wife
Rita Bullwinkel
Decor
Ariel Djanikian
A Spot in the Pinewood
J. P. Gritton
Wyoming

Relapse

Elissa Schappell
Fifties
Sarah Manguso
Karaoke
Benjamin Percy
Last Breath
Michael W. Clune
Not in the Eyes!

Poetry

Kaveh Akbar
Jerry Williams
My Little Problem
Peter LaBerge
Reliquary (August)
Aphelion
Marie Howe
Fragment: Holy Saturday
Magdalene: At the Grave
Dorothea Lasky
Ghost Flight to the Moon
The Dream
Winter Plums
Brandon Courtney
Lazaretto
Afterworld
Leila Chatti
Sarcoma

Nonfiction

Leslie Jamison
Confessions of an Unredeemed Fan
Alyssa Knickerbocker
X-Men
Meehan Crist
Amy Bloom
The Car Wash of the Dead
Peter Crabtree
On the Eastern Front
Kara Thompson
Injury and Invitation
Jenn Shapland
Illness Is Metahpor

Lost & Found

Adam Wilson
Micah Perks
ON MARY ROWLANDSON’S A Narrative of the Captivity and Restoration of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson
Laura Bogart
ON KERI HULME’S The Bone People
Alix Ohlin
ON BARBARA TRAPIDO’S Brother of the More Famous Jack
Santi Elijah Holley
ON LEONARD MICHAELS’S A Cat

Readable Feast

Jenni Ferrari-Adler
Hospital Food

The Last Word

Peter Orner
Reading Gordon Bowker's Biography of Joyce