Editor’s Note


On Lowell

By Yves Bonnefoy

Translated by John Naughton

On Lowell

Robert Lowell, Image and Reflection

On Lowell

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Cadiz, Missouri

Sooner or Later

By Husch Josten

Translated by Shelley Frisch

Buying and Selling


At Nero’s Circus


“The Subject Is a Long One”

“The boss is a no-fly zone unless the boss misses numbers poorly performs”

The Minor Castles of Ireland

After 32 Weeks

“The bishop moves like a bass drum . . .”

“Here are the children, tall as knee-high grass . . .”

Adam’s Apostrophe to Eve


Coffin Bone

Fugitive’s Night Song

Book of Memory

Book of Forget

By Osip Mandelstam

Translated by Eugene Serebryany

By Osip Mandelstam

Translated by Eugene Serebryany


In the Backyard after the Dust Storm, Meditating on Paradise

Imagining Heaven


Go Blind

Trails of mastery, echoes of influence. This first issue of our 40th-anniversary year features a portfolio of photographs of Robert Lowell, never before published, by Robert Gardner, with responses and reminiscences from an array of writers, including C. K. Williams, Fanny Howe, Lloyd Schwartz, Claudia Rankine, Tom Sleigh, Gail Mazur, and Robert Pinsky. Other contents include stories by Edith Pearlman and Vince Passaro, poems by David Wagoner, Connie Voisine, Emilia Phillips, Adam Day, Bob Hicok, and Jill McDonough, and translated work by Osip Mandelstam, Yves Bonnefoy and Husch Josten.

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