Issue 9 Summer 2015 PAUL ADLER received his MFA from Columbia University, where Matthew Zapruder selected his thesis manuscript as winner of the 2012 David Craig Austin Prize. Paul currently works as the Assistant Editor of Westchester Magazine. JACOB M. APPEL is the author of the novels The Biology of Luck and The Man Who Wouldn’t Stand Up. His fourth collection […]
ANNA LEAHY‘s book Constituents of Matter won the Wick Poetry Prize, and her poems and essays appear in anthologies and journals. The three poems published in this issue of MAYDAY also appear in her chapbook Sharp Miracles, which will launch a new series from Blue Lyra Press in spring 2016. Leahy teaches in the MFA and BFA programs at Chapman University, where she curates the Tabula Poetica reading series and edits the international journal TAB. She also co-writes the Lofty Ambitions blog.
“I constitute myself in the process of ‘posing,’ I instantaneously make another body for myself, I transform myself into an image.” —Camera Lucida, Roland Barthes I imagined myself on the way to have my body stretched over the wheel, not later, when the angels came with lightning that sent spikes and splinters into the air. […]
Tincture of opium: a suffusing saturating permeating flood. Over the counter from the grocer, the barber, the baker. A painkiller, a cordial for irritable babies and bedwetting toddlers, to alleviate cough, gout, menopause, rheumatism, ulcers, cramps, bruises. Nothing anyone suffered could not be cured. Hard to know whether sadness is cause or effect, whether jealousy […]
I made a pretty painting, secured a reputation with Ophelia. The secret is laudanum—the floaty-floaty feeling— and the shiver-chill when the fire went out under the tub and left my teeth to clatter; that’s what created my pallor, gave the brush its worthy goal. I held my quiet pose, always anxious for verbal intercourse, though not […]
NONFICTION David Kirby Photos by Barbara Hamby Cows and Wows: Why India Works Depite Itself and What We Can Learn from Its Example INTERVIEW Garnett Kilberg Cohen Interviewed by Okla Elliott Freshness, Craft, and Time FICTION Jacob M. Appel Gable’s Whiskers David Armstrong Gracile Laurie Blauner The Solace of Monsters Garnett Kilberg Cohen Bad […]