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A Bridge Under Water
The Boundary
The Good Wife


The Knife Handler
The Drowning Lifeguard
The Lightning-Rod Man: The Migraine Headache as Heuristic Tool


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
The Giraffe
Translated from the Russian by James Stotts
Like Heart’s Desire
How Deep Is the River
Grandpa’s Spells
Past the Cemetery
Men Falling Out of the Sky
In the Egyptian Wing of the Museum
The Medium
Solitude in Hotels
Fr. 9 FGE [Epitaph for Those Fallen with Leonidas]
Translated from the ancient Greek by Kelli Boyles
Fr. 521 PMG [Being Human . . .]
Translated from the ancient Greek by Kelli Boyles
Fr. 2 FGE [Epitaph for Those Fallen at Euripus]
Translated from the ancient Greek by Kelli Boyles
Gutter Life

Art Feature

Bird’s Eye (essay)
From the Ground Up


An Interview with Donald Hall

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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