Issue 74

Winter Reading

2017
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Featuring
Carl Phillips // Leni Zumas // Seth Fried
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Editor's Note

In her short story “The Wolves,” Kseniya Melnik blends Russian fairy tales with Stalin-era paranoia to bring us closer to the feeling of Russian history while at the same time shining light on the dark underpinnings of our current moment. In an excerpt from her forthcoming novel, Red Clocks, Leni Zumas gives us a world where abortion has been outlawed, creating a state that feels like a lucid dream. In this issue we have more poetry than usual, as it seems contemporary poets are especially attuned to the productive ambiguity frequency and now is one of those zeitgeist moments when we most need them. Paisley Rekdal, in her poem “Marsyas,” writes that Apollo “never understands what he plays, / knowing only how his hand / trembles over the plucked muscle: / adding, he thinks, something lower to the notes, / something sweeter, and infinitely strange.”

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Table of Contents

FICTION

Kseniya Melnik
The Wolves
Leni Zumas
She Was Warned
Seth Fried
Mendelssohn
Tania James
The Cage
Delaney Nolan
At the Center

POETRY

Chen Chen
Winter
The School of Night & Hyphens
Ada Limón
The Carrying
Would You Rather
Maybe I’ll Be Another Kind of Mother
Carl Phillips
Instructions
Is It True All Legends Once were Rumors
Lauren Haldeman
Nome, a Sonnet
Bianca Stone
Hunter
Interior Design
Natalie Scenters-Zapico
My Gift
For My Son Born in La Mariscal
Taylor Johnson
Nocturne
Rigorous Practice of Listening
John Koeth
After All
Cogito Redux
Selfie Stick
Paisley Rekdal
Marsyas
Pasiphaë
Abigail Chabitnoy
Ways to Dress a Fish
Qawanguaq with House
Qawanguaq
David Baker
After
Elegy, in Words
Elizabeth Bradfield
Lesson VIII: Map of North America
Rick Barot
A Poem as Long as California
On Some Items in the Painting by Velázquez
Curtis Bauer
Euphoric
Three Sketches of Anxiety
Megan Fernandes
The Eulogy
In California, Everything Already Looks like an Afterlife
Matthew Siegel
Back Home Brian Shows Me a Home Movie
I See You in the Field of My Mind Baby Moo Cow
Ever Thank Goodness
Marcus Jackson
Evasive Me
Ashtray
Goodale Park
Ross White
From Money

LOST & FOUND

John Fischer
On Robert Shea and Robert Anton Wilson’s The Illuminatus! Trilogy
Cassandra Cleghorn
On Joanne Kyger’s Just Space: Poems 1979-1989
Chris Carroll
On Hampton Hawes’s Raise Up Off Me
Joseph Frankel
On E. M. Forster’s Maurice
Rohan Maitzen
On Daphne Marlatt’s Ana Historic

NONFICTION

Ginger Gaffney
Moon and Star

PHOTOGRAPH FEATURE

Mark Steinmetz
Angel City West

BLITHE SPIRIT

Ann Tashi Slater