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Editor’s Note

The Nightcrawler, Joan Miró


What Makes the Dawn Breathable
The Assam Incident
City of Words
The Dead Ride Fast
Translated from the Hungarian by M. Henderson Ellis
Le Coup de Foudre
Translated from the German by Shelley Frisch
Other Bodies
Thinking in Third Person
What Could’ve Been?
Drip, Drop, Drippity-Drop
Translated from the Italian by Martha Cooley and Antonio Romani
Beautiful Ground


Castle Hill
A Flicker of Animal, a Flank


Burial Instructions—Abject & Fuming
Slum Drummers, Nairobi
Nests I
Ghazal for Finally Leaving What Has Already Left
Beads of Sweat
The Nereids
Translated from the French by Karl Kirchwey
Shooting a Slingshot With My Father
The Same Father
Pier Pug
Forensics of Wheatbelt Silo Design
Flowering Bitterroot
To an Ash on a Crackling Log
Blessing in Disguise
Snow Drones
Community Pool / Love Poem
The Field the Drive-In Was In
“You loved the tragedy factory of me. . .”
Portrait of a Sixteenth-Century Etching of the Body
Poem for the Unknown
Natural Disaster
Contrapunctus (#1)
The Narrows: Lake George, 1969
Song (of the Pharmaceutical) of the Song
from The Aeneid
Translated from the Latin by David Ferry
Heaven Reject
Translated from the Spanish by Ilan Stavans
Translated from the Spanish by Ilan Stavans

Art Feature

Scenes from an Odyssey: Oscar on the Road (essay)

Unsettling whimsy, gravity, and grace: Photographer Rosamond Purcell’s portfolio— the debut of her “Oscar” series— provides the visual key signature for our most symphonically ambitious gathering of voices yet. Fiction by Beth Bosworth, Josh Weil, Chitra Divakaruni, and Tony Eprile; poetry by Nick Flynn, Erica Funkhouser, Peter Balakian, and Jill McDonough; essays by Anna Journey and K. E. Duffin; and much more. Superb translations of Virgil, Raúl Zurita, Théophile Gautier, Antonio Tabucchi, and others bring striking accents to the weave.

  EditorSven Birkerts
  Founding EditorAskold Melnyczuk
  Senior EditorWilliam Pierce
  Asst. Poetry EditorSumita Chakraborty
  Poetry EditorLynne Potts
  Fiction EditorWilliam Giraldi
  Prose EditorJennifer Alise Drew
  ReadersJessica Keener
   Mary O'Donoghue
   Erin Trahan
   Brian Burt 
  Galley Editors/EventsLindsay Guth
   Beth Romano
  Social MediaSumita Chakraborty
   Rachel Mennies
  MarketingDaniel Pritchard
   Steven LaFond
  Newsletter DirectorAlison Lanier
  Editorial Assistants Emily Frisella
   Alison Lanier
   Will Harrison
   Brian Han
   Anna Ziering
   Emily Pineau
   Rachel Feingold
   Jannell McConnell Parsons
  Advisory BoardLeslie Epstein
   Robert Pinsky
   Derek Walcott
   Rosanna Warren
  Contributing EditorsLucie Brock-Broido
   John J. Clayton 
   William Corbett
   Stuart Dischell 
   Sharon Dunn, ed. emerita
   Thomas Sayers Ellis
   Marie Howe
   Diana Der-Hovanessian
   Ha Jin
   Alex Johnson
   Dana Levin
   Fred Marchant
   Fiona McCrae
   Gail Mazur
   Dzvinia Orlowsky
   Lia Purpura
   George Scialabba
   Tom Sleigh
   Sue Standing
   Oksana Zabuzhko
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