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One Poem by Martín Gambarotta
Hugh Scott-Douglas

One point: / it came from that way and goes this way / the lukewarm thought

An Artist’s Guide to Herbs: Hawthorn Berry by Harmony Holiday
Holiday Hawthorn Berry

Hawthorn is a plant that exudes the hospitality of an open heart.

A Panacea for Anti-Intellectualism: Martin Amis’s The Rub of Time by Ryan Chapman
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A new collection of criticism and reportage considers Trump, Bellow, and the pleasures of close reading.

Phylum by Rita Bullwinkel
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I was the type of man who got his ears cleaned. I was the type of woman who didn’t like dogs. We lived together in a house on a street that was the color of asphalt. I told you what I thought of you.

One Poem by Daniel Tiffany
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What’s wrong / with “ratty” whose / expectations cut, whose / trust shall be a spider’s web, got / 
away

You Have to Get Their Attention: An Interview with Rachel Lyon by Ryan Spencer
Danny Lyon Dumbo

The debut novelist of Self-Portrait with Boy on the DUMBO of the 1990s, accidental art, and the importance of being unladylike. 

“Truth Is Never the Whole Truth” and Other Aphorisms by Muriel Spark
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February 1 marked the centenary of Muriel Spark’s birth, and we’re celebrating with a selection of the British master’s aphorisms, notes, and observations.

Three Comics by E.A. Bethea
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“Tiny Tim lived there, stirring beans and frying eggs in a kitchenette in the closet.” 

Never Tell Them Your True Name: Remembering Ursula K. Le Guin by Monica Uszerowicz
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“Resistance and change often begin in art.”

One Poem by Ben Fama
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I just said I didn’t know / and now you are saying / you aren’t sure I’m cool / that’s cool

An Artist’s Guide to Herbs: Sarsaparilla by Harmony Holiday
Harmony Holiday Sarsaparilla

“The blood of the thing is the truth of the thing.”

The Phenomenon of the Opera by Alexander Kluge
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Passion overwhelms comprehension. Comprehension kills passion.

Three Poems by Dan Beachy-Quick
Beachy Quick Poems

humself, shamself, hymnself, shameself—. / lameself, lambself, numbself, unself—. / sing anger, goddess, of—. many devices—.

Alternative Visions: John Yau’s The Wild Children of William Blake by Rob Colvin
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Writing art history from the inside out. 

Don Mee Choi and Christian Hawkey

Two poets reflect on colonialism, iconoclastic writers, and the political dimensions of translating literature under authoritarianism.

For People Like Us: on Denis Johnson’s The Largesse of the Sea Maiden by Lincoln Michel
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A posthumous collection cements the author’s reputation as a master of the short story.

Literary Architecture: Quinn Latimer’s Like a Woman: Essays, Readings, Poems by Sylvia Gindick
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The solitude of the voice. 

A Brief History of Feeling by Jacquelyn Ross
Rachel Sussman Poetics Of Space

500 billion years ago—the dark touches itself in the dark and experiences something like ecstasy. Except that ecstasy isn’t a feeling yet—the sensation is just kind of sharp and warm. Afterwards, the dark feels happy and breathless. Afterwards, the dark feels lonely.

Only Mei Guo Ren by Wendy Xu

When I was thirteen, two missionaries from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints came to the house to follow up on a conversation from the week before with my mother. 

Tour by Klaus Kertess

The story’s “contents” are spun from actual events: in August 1973, Klaus flies to Los Angeles to meet his then-partner, Lynda Benglis (referred to as “Her”), who was to drive cross-country with him back to New York. Instead, he drives back alone, lost in a disputatious reverie circling around language, Gertrude Stein, modernist literature, mapmaking, and the act of writing.

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