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Editor’s Note

In the Commissaries of Hell


Professor Arecibo
Drill and Song Day
Translated from the Russian by Andrea Gregovich and Mikhail Iossel
A Time of Exchanges
Translated from the Russian by Mary Ann Szporluk


On Not Being Proust: An Essay in Literary Failure
Alberto de Lacerda: A Remembrance
Visions of Gerard
Crucibles: The Orchestration of Surprise
A Note on Steven Berg’s Rimbaud: “. . . still unilluminated I . . .”


Against the Neighbors, Bury Bottles
The Charges Are Stalking & Arson
Skin Trade
The Last Days of Jaco Pastorius
Litany of Resistance
A Walk in the Morning Sun
In Maryland
The Thinker
À la Turka
Two Songs About the Work of Hands
Bullied Into Thoughts About the Body & Desire at the Colorado State Fair
How Graceland’s Decorator Landed the Gig
Bessie Smith’s Last Recorded Song
Nihilism: Eugene O’Neill at Sea
Morphine: Eugene O’Neill Remembering
Song for the Returns
“On this sleepless night . . .”
Translated from the Russian by J. Kates
Devotion: Fly
Devotion: Dub
“She says, ‘It’s bad . . .’”
Translated from the Russian by J. Kates
A Sea-Change
“Afternoon. Durrant’s…”
“Perhaps it exists . . .”
Just These Miracles

Art Feature

Stitches (essay)
Needle Visions

Voice and transformation. This issue features a deep reckoning of friendship by Roland Merullo, a recollection of a mentor by Jhumpa Lahiri, and sharp, smart idiosyncracies by Sarah Gorham and David Rivard. Playing against these are antic and bittersweet stories by Perle Besserman, Ken Kalfus, and Vladimir Makanin, among others. Here are writers marking how the self broods—broods, and then flips loss onto its turtle back; how it damns the damnable and laughs out at all that is tangled and absurd. Pilar Coover’s hallucinatory visual textures aptly counterpoint the voices, which also include those of poets Matt Donovan, Amy Beeder, Paula Closson Buck, Bruce Smith, and Derek Walcott.

  EditorSven Birkerts
  Founding EditorAskold Melnyczuk
  Senior EditorWilliam Pierce
  Fiction EditorsWilliam Giraldi
   William Charles Delman
   Jessica Keener
  Poetry EditorsLynne Potts
   Jay Deshpande
  Editor-at-largeJennifer Stroup (Jennifer Alise Drew)
  Advisory BoardLeslie Epstein
   Robert Pinsky
   Derek Walcott
   Rosanna Warren
  Editorial AssistantsBeth Romano
   David Winter
   Kaitlin Howard
   Sean A. Higgins
   Sumita Chakraborty
   Heather Hughes
   S. A. Spieller
   Alexandra Goldstein
  Contributing EditorsLucie Brock-Broido
   John J. Clayton 
   William Corbett
   Stuart Dischell 
   Sharon Dunn, ed. emerita
   Thomas Sayers Ellis
   Marie Howe
   Diane Der-Hovanessian
   Ha Jin
   Alex Johnson
   Susan Johnson
   Fred Marchant
   Fiona McCrae
   Gail Mazur
   Joe Osterhaus
   Dzvinia Orlowsky
   Liam Rector (1949-2007)
   George Scialabba
   Tom Sleigh
   Sue Standing
   Oksana Zabuzhko
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