Catherine Lacey
I began moving from home to home, all of them prefurnished, short-term rentals, trying on this kind of life, that kind of life, waiting either to find the right kind of life or to stop believing there was a right life and just settle on one.
Craft Lecture Online Feature
Alexander Chee
My first novel was not the first one I started. It was the first one I finished. Looking at my records, I count three unfinished previous novels; pieces of one of them went into this first one. But the one I finished, I finished because I asked myself a question. What will you let yourself know? What will you allow yourself to know?
Heather McHugh
Suddenly everything / Stayed the same. // We who had called / The water blue // Refocused on our lenses. / We who had seen the island move / Reunderstood our oars. / The sand / Composed some drumlins in the sound // So we revised the sky.
Joshua Cohen
Maybe you get somewhat drunk or high or lusty one night and in that flush of excitement you find yourself calling this book down—you call this book down to the page or screen. You call this book down to its wording. As surely you know, this is where the work begins.
Christina Wood Martinez
Beautiful young women stretch their bodies along the cliffs to catch the sun. Their wet bathing costumes, the thimblefuls of water in their navels, begin to dry as the sun rises and warms the air. Seagulls eye their wiggling toes. “What a day for a swim,” someone says, though they swim every day.
Monica Black
As the war came to its ultraviolent conclusion, people sought out experts in what-comes-next: clairvoyants, astrologists, numerologists, palm and card readers. Far from yielding clarity, available predictions only sowed more confusion. Stalin would be murdered, some said; the Germans would occupy England.
Alexia Arthurs
My mother says my stepfather’s job is very good money in this country, and nothing to be ashamed of, and she says this to convince the both of us, and to meet our surprise, because where we come from, nobody with any shame would willingly collect people’s garbage for a living.
Erin Adair-Hodges
I mean only that I talked about him / to all my friends and did the things / I thought he’d like because I knew / he loved me but mostly in the way / we know at fifteen that everyone we love / will someday be dead, and we will be dead, / and an army flying some future flag / will build an outpost on what was once the mall / where our parents dropped us off . . .
The Conglomerate
John Domini
This then is the main action, the forest that emerges from the trees. Amid the many lines of development, the many paths to protest, one of the miracles is how intensely we root for these people. Perhaps the most sympathetic is the Vietnam veteran Douglas Pavlicek, a kind of Holy Fool.
Simon Armitage
I like this place, where a blimp crash-landed, / where ley lines cross, / where a trapdoor leads to an underground church / hewn from a seam of coal, where the sterling silver shoes / from a lost team of sacred horses / are still occasionally unearthed.
Austin Smith
She tries the flashlight, but the batteries are dead. The beam is just dust in her palm. In the strange storm light glowing through a ground-level window, Mary cannot help but see, on the shelves at the foot of the stairs, the preserves of old gardens floating forever, suspended as if in formaldehyde.
Archival Content Interview
Sewanee Review
My habits are a mess, everything is a mess, until a certain moment—usually related to a deadline—when a shape starts to form in the middle of it all, like that one nasty coffee cup on your desk that finally starts to host some spores. You know what I mean? Something has quickened. The mold, in this case, is an electronic text document.
Glyn Maxwell
When you’re / not here / and leaving blank the page / would say so better than these moans of waking, // before I / know my self as stuff at all, / when nothing has transpired, or could, or will // then I’m some / Adam / fumbling in a wood / made for god-knows-what beyond the word / I have / for Eve— / the word I have for Eve / is rising to its place . . .
Archival Content Poetry
Sylvia Plath
This is the kingdom of the fading apparition, / The oracular ghost who dwindles on pin-legs / To a knot of laundry, with a classic bunch of sheets // Upraised, as a hand, emblematic of farewell. / At this joint between two worlds and two entirely / Incompatible modes of time, the raw material / Of our meat-and-potato thoughts assumes the nimbus / Of ambrosial revelation. And so departs.
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