Issue 13 Summer 2018 HANIF ABDURRAQIB is a poet, essayist, and cultural critic from Columbus, Ohio. His poetry has been published in Muzzle, Vinyl, PEN American, and various other journals. His essays and music criticism have been published in The FADER, Pitchfork, The New Yorker, and The New York Times. His first full length poetry collection, The Crown Ain’t Worth Much, was released in […]
Alice B. Fogel
ALICE B. FOGEL is the Poet Laureate of New Hampshire. In addition to Strange Terrain, a reader’s guide to appreciating poetry without necessarily “getting” it, she is the author, most recently, A Doubtful House (2017). Others include Interval: Poems Based on Bach’s Goldberg Variations, which won the Nicholas Schaffner Award for Music in Literature & the New Hampshire Literary Award in Poetry, & Be That Empty, a national bestseller. A nine-time Pushcart nominee & recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Individual Artist Fellowship & other awards, her poems appear in many journals & anthologies, including Best American Poetry & Poet’s Choice. She lives in Walpole, NH, works with learning disabled students at Landmark College in Putney, VT, & hikes mountains whenever possible.
The subject of the fan is a mere suggestion, open to interpretation. Painted bat wing, paper leaf, it knows its way in the dark. Both shield against light and quickener of flame, the fan’s act of concealment perfects flirtation, graces grief. Folded in on itself, dipped in clear water, then—flashed and […]
A moment of joy—that surprise of uplift: Standing on a wet street in town, I looked up and saw —then, as suddenly losing it, had to say only thought I saw—a bridge! High over the river it was an unexpected span between sides, between times, spiky and bright against the nearly night. But of course […]
When I realized I’d drifted deep into those riveted, river-resistant lily pads big as masks, I was reminded of how when you’re trapped in insistence that it doesn’t matter that surely means it does. My oars slicing down on them through the water thick with sticky greens and ropy stems made the sound […]
INTERVIEWS Hanif Abdurraqib interviewed by Ruth Awad Joy Is Not Promised to You ESSAYS Joshua Bernstein The Gospel of Dearth Tom Larsen The Nightmare Next Door Jerome Richard Good and Decent People Janette Schafer The Miracle of Ordinary FICTION Eric Barnes Time Space Thomas Jacobs The Death of Z Ignacio Ortiz Monasterio Fighting for His […]