The Knife Handler

Bird’s Eye

The Drowning Lifeguard

The Lightning-Rod Man: The Migraine Headache as Heuristic Tool


A Bridge Under Water

The Boundary

The Good Wife

By Juan Rulfo

Translated by Ilan Stavans


An Interview with Donald Hall

By Chard deNiord

Translated by Donald Hall


After the Battle of Long Island, the Battle of Pell’s Point

Evening in the Window

Elegy with Mistakes All through It

Van Gogh’s First Sunday Sermon

Seven Chants, A War Cry

Angels Unawares

selections from Akeldama

By Nikolai Gumilev

Translated by James Stotts

Like Heart’s Desire

How Deep Is the River

Men Falling Out of the Sky

Past the Cemetery

The Medium

In the Egyptian Wing of the Museum

Grandpa’s Spells

Solitude in Hotels

Fr. 9 FGE [Epitaph for Those Fallen with Leonidas]

By Simonides

Translated by Kelli Boyles

Fr. 521 PMG [Being Human . . .]

By Simonides

Translated by Kelli Boyles

Fr. 2 FGE [Epitaph for Those Fallen at Euripus]

By Simonides

Translated by Kelli Boyles

Gutter Life

Detonations and responses. The pressure of consequences public and private moves through fiction by Tom Bissell, Carolyn Cooke, Marjorie Sandor, and others. It turns lyrical in work by Charles Simic, Major Jackson, Kathleen Graber, and Melissa Green, and flares up surprisingly in essays by Paul West, Lia Purpura, Lynne Sharon Schwartz, and Alex Lemon. The issue also includes a career-spanning interview with Donald Hall and a portfolio of artist Ellen Driscoll’s strikingly engaged installations.

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