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Editor’s Note



King, Bishop, Queen
Four by Kline Caro
The Sacrifice
Where I Was When My Older Brother Died
The End of the Line
Emergency Instructions: If an Anaconda Bites Your Hand
from Le Secret: The Secret Agent’s Story
Translated from the French by Armine Kotin Mortimer


women’s business here
A Letter to My Daughter about Palindromes
Little Face
Mother’s Tears
Carson McCullers in 1940
Translated from the German by Padraig Rooney
On the Undiscovered Origins of Everything in Waxahachie, Texas


Among Us
from Watering the Plant of Dreaming
Translated from the Italian by Wallis Wilde-Menozzi
Kid Happens
from Yss of Li
The Museum: Woman with Apple
The Museum: Ashtray
Stumbling on Clair de Lune
To Aras Bengo
Translated from the Arabic by Marilyn Hacker
To Mohammed Samy al-Kayâlli
Translated from the Arabic by Marilyn Hacker
To Raed Naqshabandi
Translated from the Arabic by Marilyn Hacker
To Ruwa Riché
Translated from the Arabic by Marilyn Hacker
Measure for Measure
Blackbirds and Blake’s Illustrations to Dante’s Purgatory, Canto 1
Imagining Marriage, #52
Top Hat, 1935
Officer Crowley
The Horses of Achilles
Maker of Bowls
The Angels
The Road to Santa Clara
The Four Auricles
The Summer Peepers Couldn’t Be the Sources of Their Chorus
The Fall
from Lullabies for the Dead
An Apparatus for Receiving or Transmitting
Little Harmonic Labyrinth
from Orbit

Art Feature

What the Eye Fills In and What the World Takes Away
Buried Treasure (essay)

Electric, eclectic—an art portfolio by Elaine Spatz-Rabinowitz frames up intimations of danger for an issue international across all three genres. Marilyn Hacker’s versions of Syria poet Golan Haji go side by side with new poems by Cynthia Zarin, John Kinsella, Dara Elerath, Chad Parmenter, and many others. In fiction, Jamie Quatro imagines lovers not taken, Tamas Dobozy proposes a hair-raising retrospective of a scandalous filmmaker’s career, and Elske Rahill gives us a woman whose urge to protect her daughter goes perilously far. Essays by Kim Adrian, Shahnaz Habib, Michael Sheehan, Radhiyah Ayobami, and others explore the legacies of trauma and the uncanny resourcefulness of the survival instinct.

  EditorSven Birkerts
  Founding EditorAskold Melnyczuk
  Senior EditorWilliam Pierce
  Asst. Poetry EditorSumita Chakraborty
  Poetry EditorLynne Potts
  Fiction EditorWilliam Giraldi
   Mary O'Donoghue 
  Prose EditorJennifer Alise Drew
  Blog EditorDavid Ebenbach 
  Readers Brian Burt 
   Erin Trahan 
  Galley EditorsLindsay Guth
   Beth Romano
   Emily Pineau
  Social MediaSumita Chakraborty
   Rachel Mennies
  MarketingDaniel Pritchard
   Steven LaFond
  Newsletter DirectorAlison Lanier
  Advisory BoardLeslie Epstein
   Robert Pinsky
   Derek Walcott
   Rosanna Warren
  Editorial AssistantsAlison Lanier
   Yasmine Kaminsky
   Christian Wessels
   Anna Hundert
   Morgan Lehofer
   Efpraxia Sapuridis
  Contributing EditorsLucie Brock-Broido
   John J. Clayton 
   William Corbett
   Stuart Dischell 
   Sharon Dunn, ed. emerita
   Thomas Sayers Ellis
   Anne Germanacos 
   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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