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Joshua Weiner

  [Omitted from the Text]   Black shadow hangs over the dust of my beloved; So I turned myself into dust, but the shadow left me behind.                   —J.W. v. Goethe   […]

Korana Serdarevic

  BIRDCAGE   This evening, too, she goes out onto the small balcony and watches the shared yard. One step through the glass door, and already she escapes the apartment that has defined her names and functions all day long. […]

Stephen Burt’s The Poem Is You | Friday Pick

  The Poem Is You: 60 Contemporary American Poems and How to Read Them By Stephen Burt Harvard University Press 2016, 432 pp Stephen Burt’s new book is an intriguing hybrid – anthology, introduction, and critical study all at once. […]

Deborah Allbritain

  MY PAST LIFE AS A MAN   If you stand near me, I’ll say this is my life now, not the one before this, me as the young clerk who ground Gustav Klimt’s pigments with lapis lazuli, rubies, small […]

Political Knott: David Rivard on Bill Knott’s “VOI (POEM) CES” | The Poem

  I DIDN’T KNOW the late Bill Knott very well. By the time I arrived in Boston in 1987, Bill was firmly ensconced by his lonesome at the back of the room during readings at the Blacksmith House or the […]

Talking Silence: Caitriona O’Reilly’s Geis | Friday Pick

  Geis By Caitríona O’Reilly Bloodaxe Books 2015, 64 pp Caitríona O’Reilly’s intriguingly obscure poems offer peeks into the unspoken and wilfully ignored aspects of being. With an eye for the comically unhinged features of reality and an ear for […]

Jamie Osborn

  SNAKE-STONING             for G.H.   Gathered, with music as if for a party, we strained, watching, until every green was mamba, coiled in the branches. – Jakob brought his slingshot; still it took hours. […]

Daniil Kharms

  IVAN YAKOVLIVICH ANTONOV’S CAREER   This thing had happened still before the revolution. One merchant woman yawned, and a cuckoo bird flew into her mouth. The merchant came running to the alarmed calls of his spouse and, immediately realizing […]

Daniil Kharms

  FOUR ILLUSTRATIONS OF HOW A NEW CONCEPT ASTOUNDS A PERSON WHO ISN’T READY FOR IT   WRITER: I am a writer! READER: Аnd I think you’re a piece of shit! (The writer stands there several minutes, stunned by this […]

Geoff Anderson

  THE DISCOVERY   the morning                                                                  tv upstairs […]

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