Issue 62

Winter Reading

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Ursula K. Le Guin / Joy Williams / Josh Weil
Editor's Note

“People don’t notice whether it’s winter or summer when they’re happy.” Chekhov must’ve been happy when he wrote that. And why are we happy to keep pushing that boulder up the literary hill when we know that it is just going to roll back down and we’re going to have to start all over again? Because putting out issue after issue truly does make us happy. We believe that great writing is as essential to our well-being as bread and wine and a roaring fire. It is also an honor and a thrill. A thrill to be surprised time and again, even from work that comes from beyond the grave. Frank Stanford, the gritty Arkansas poet nicknamed the “swamprat Rimbaud,” died nearly forty years ago, but recently a cache of unpublished gems surfaced and we’re delighted to share them with you. Then there is the family of Tin House writers we’ve long known and who never fail to dazzle us with their ability to show us the world anew. In this issue Joy Williams channels the spiritualist Georges Gurdjieff visiting the Arizona childhood home of Susan Sontag and Ursula K. Le Guin leads us into a brutally unforgiving desert in her parable “The Jar of Water.” Any slings and arrows of outrageous submissions are worth it when you get to read new poetry from Dorothea Lasky and Richard Siken. Throw another log on the fire and join us in forgetting whether it is winter or summer.

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Table of Contents


Joy Williams
Georges & Susan
Alejandro Zambra
True or False
translated by Megan McDowell

Ursula K. Le Guin
The Jar of Water
Dean Bakopoulos
Too Few to Mention
Rebecca Makkai
John Benditt
The Waking
Josh Weil
The Point of Roughness

New Voice Fiction

Madeline Fitch
The Big Woman


Dorothea Lasky
I Feel Pity
Richard Siken
Landscape with Fruit Rot and Millipede
Birds Hover the Trampled Field
Jane Hirshfield
The Orphan Beauty of Fold Not Made Blindfold
The One Not Chosen
Carey McHugh
Diagram of Select Cuts
Frank Stanford
Crossing the Fork on a One-Lane Bridge with No Lights
Second Thoughts on a New Tattoo
Night of the Following Day
John Koethe
The Physical Eternal
Miss Heaton
Deborah Landau
The Uses of the Body
The Uses of the Body
K.A. Hays
Heat Goes Out Walking in the Cold
John Kinsella
Spring Turnout

New Voice Poetry

Julia Clare Tillinghast
And War


Alia Volz
In Any Light, By Any Name
Joshua Foster
Bring On the Spins

Lost & Found

Marcia DeSanctis
On Edith Wharton’s A Motor-Flight Through France
Jon Michaud
On Gene Wolfe’s Peace
Victoria Patterson
On Robert Plunket’s My Search for Warren Harding
Michele Filgate
On Brian Morton’s Starting Out in the Evening
John Fischer
On William Kotzwinkle’s The Fan Man