Issue 80

The Final Issue

Summer 2019
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Editor's Note

After two decades of publication, Tin House releases The Final Issue, featuring new stories, poems, and essays by Tin House writers from throughout our twenty-year history.

“Twenty years ago I believed that stories, poems, and essays could build bridges and save lives. I still believe this. Thank you for sharing the dream with us. I can’t wait to read what you write next.”

Table of Contents


Karen Russell
The Gondoliers
Anthony Doerr
The Master's Castle
Kelly Link
The Girl Who Did Not Know Fear
Aimee Bender
Etgar Keret, translated by Sondra Silverston
J. Jezewska Stevens
The Furnace Room
Olga Tokarczuk, translated by Jennifer Croft
Dress Rehersal
Marie Helene-Bertino
Can Only Houses Be Haunted?
Elizabeth McKenzie
Joan Silber
Freedom From Want
Bridget Chiao Clerkin


Matthew Dickman
from ABC
Lewis Hyde
from A Primer for Forgetting


Matthew Zapruder
Roseanne Barr
Poem for Harm
Sharon Olds
Animal Crackers
The First Time
I Think My Mother
Landing in San Francisco on the Way to the Community
Writers (With a Line by Tom Waits)
Lucie Brock-Broido
Forehead, Afraid, Overhearing Itself
CJ Evans
What the Seas Would Make Us
Nick Flynn
I Will Destroy You
D. A. Powell
Backstage with Karen Black
At the Deluxe
Wind and Fog Garden
Ruth Madievsky
There is No Lake
The Loneliness is Coming from Inside My Body
Louise Mathias
In the Poem No One Knows is About Me, I'm Pretty Much Prey
The Road is the Sickness and the Cure
Rebecca Lindenberg
Ode to Anthony Bourdain
Maya C. Popa
American Cowboy
Colson Whitehead
Three Haiku
James Tate
The Cow and the Butterflies
Second Childhood
O Josephina
sam sax
Brenda Hillman
(People's Emotions in One City Block)
Christopher Soto
Two Lovers in Perfect // Synchronicity
Antonio López
Aubade en Portlandia
Elizabeth Dodd
Soot Particles Contribute Twice as Much
Global Warming as Previously Thought
John Kinsella
Wild Sounds!
Khadijah Queen
I Slept When I Couldn't Move
Janée J. Baugher
Andrew Wyeth's Footnotes to Marriage, 1993
Andrew Wyeth's Footnotes to Christina's World, 1948
Katie Condon
Practicing Digressions
Matthew Kramer
Yoga Soliloquy
Joshua Marie Wilkinson
Big Horn River, Montana
Aimee Nezhukumatathil & Ross Gay
from Some Questions About Trees
Daniel Johnson
Adrian Matejka
Hearing Damage
Hearing Damage
Derrick Austin
Is This or Is This True as Happiness
Arielle Greenberg
Pastoral: Re-Pleat
Pastoral: Did You Have a Midlife Crisis on Top of Your Midlife Crisis
Nathaniel Dolton-Thornton
Iris Jamahl Dunkle
History of the Indian Wars as Seen from the 1980s
Field Guide to the Lost Species of California
Joanna Klink
On Abiding
Alison Pelegrin
My Snatch is Pretty Good
Victoria Chang
Obit: Victoria Chang
Obit: Memory


Vanessa Veselka
Fuck '90s Nostalgia
Michelle Orange
Vive la Vie
Brian Blanchfield
The Year in Letters
Joshua Cohen
Analog 1999
Nam Le
Three Scenes
Ander Monson
Out of Time
Elena Passarello
Pre-Millennium Tension

Lost & Found

Fran Tirado
Danielle Evans
on Betty Smith's A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
Matthew Specktor
on Michael Ondaatje's In the Skin of a Lion
Karen Shepard
on Lisa Shea's Hula
Manuel Gonzales
on Bob Shacochis's Domesticity: A Gastronomic Interpretation of Love

Last Word

Elissa Schappell
Trouble Maker

Readable Feast

Catherine Lacey
An Antisocial Frittata
Emma Copley Eisenberg
The Bliss Point
Emily Withnall
Stressing the Roots

Blithe Spirit

Ginger Strand
Emily Flouton
"Trump" "SoHo" "Hotel"