Editor’s Note

I’ll take Hell in a Handbasket for five hundred, Alex.


The Gay Gene

How To Write About Your Family: A Lesson from Peter Taylor

Monkey Mind: A Meditative Path to Perfection


Shadowboxing: A Proposal for Unknotting Credit Markets and Restoring Prosperity

Crucibles: Walser Before & After



Philosophy Seminar: The Carnivore

The Master of Patina

A Bad Harvest

Monrovia Scripture

The Apprentice

By Giulio Mozzi

Translated by Elizabeth Harris

It’s All Good


Relatives of God

You Look Like Jesus


By Robert Walser

Translated by Susan Bernofsky


By Robert Walser

Translated by Susan Bernofsky

Do You Know Meier

By Robert Walser

Translated by Susan Bernofsky

I Want You to Know That I Know That He Loved You

My Father’s Coat


Pandemic Sings the Muse

Béla on the Shore, 1955


When It Comes

Elegy for the Spanish Republic

My People

Dog Adrift: Poland, January 2010

Family Talk

Shakespeare’s Sonnet 5

By Paul Celan

Translated by Paul Franz

We Should Keep Living,

The Number

Upon Reading that a Noisy Cloth Factory Separated the Family Homes of Sandro Botticelli and Amerigo Vespucci

Dog Chained to Radiator in Abandoned Apartment

Satire i.1

By Horace

Translated by David Ferry

The Source of the Styx

Heads of the Hydra

The Mouth of the Anthill Is Learning to Write

The Author, Taken By His Boss to the Baths, Receives an Instructional Brochure

Goldberg Variations

For Britt

Party at Marquis de Sade’s Place

At a Time

An Economics

The Garden

Tethers of mind, tethers of heart: a lyric inventory of the ties that bind, and constrain. Cover and portfolio by Ethan Murrow create the vibration, sustained and amplified in fiction by Ihab Hassan, Mark Slouka, Sigrid Nunez, Tom Whalen, and many others; poetry by Amy Beeder, Tom Sleigh, Patricia Lockwood, and Ed Ochester; and nonfiction by Nin Andrews and Matt Donovan.  Translations of Robert Walser, Giulio Mozzi, Paul Celan, and Horace.

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