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Three Poems by Lily Blacksell
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blink twice, because you’re in / love. It is springtime, the merry / etcetera, look ahead, where we’re going / there’s a clearing and in the clearing / stands a boxer who must have slipped / his collar on the path running through / the field. He is panting, drooling, is all white / except for the pink of his exceptions– / 

Volatile and Transitory: Babak Lakghomi Interviewed by Zach Davidson
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A novella of warranted paranoia. 

Beyond Gist: On The William H. Gass Reader by Tyler Flynn Dorholt
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Sixty years of writing about language.

The Inexpressible: Erica Trabold Interviewed by Kristina Tate
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The writer on Swedish Nebraska, the lyric essay, and brevity as a superpower. 

Two Poems by Stephanie Ellis Schlaifer
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All monuments commemorate the same / falsehood The gilt is genuine and we feel it right / at the surface of our discontent / Anger like so many lustrous mounts softens / in the rain  And stallions and generals must periodically be / re-gilded      recommitted to    as if / as an abiding law of man / Though    if we are honest    it is the law that fails us / along with what we can abide 

Something Like Hope: On Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah’s debut short story collection, Friday Black by Kristen Martin
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Stories that magnify what it means to be black in America through a satirical, uncanny lens.

Canids in Orbit: Kurt Caswell Interviewed by Taylor Larsen
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The writer discusses what Laika, the first Soviet space dog, can teach us about companionship and loneliness. 

See All Of It: On Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore’s Sketchtasy by Corinne Manning
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 A novel about queer rage, the 1990s club scene, and the intricacies of healing. 

Four Poems by Friederike Mayröcker
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on up the mirroring woodpath that is mirroring from / the glaring lake to the right as towards us 1 beautiful wanderer / and over the roots of the mighty trees I strayed / while the clanging sun that is the high midday light / dusted through the vaulted treetops that time in Altaussee

From Affinity to Twinship: A Conversation by Leah Dieterich & Meg Whiteford
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On writing about performance and relationship paradigms.

Justice as Joy: Lacy M. Johnson Interviewed by Jennifer Baker
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The writer on surviving assault, deepening our standards for justice, and resisting forgiveness as the only way to move through pain.

Beyond the Borders of American Realism: A Conversation by Jeff Jackson & Martin Riker
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A two-sided novel and a psychological road narrative, both books explore contemporary culture by channeling iconic literary traditions. 

Blood City: Kim Sagwa Interviewed by Janice Lee
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The author on teenage malaise, mental health in South Korea, and globalization as Americanization.

An Artist’s Guide to Herbs: Psilocybin by Harmony Holiday
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The poetics of the microdose.

From the Outside Looking In: On Norah Lange’s People In The Room by Ruby Brunton
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Recognizing a forgotten Argentinian writer.

No Community Is a Monolith: Vanessa Hua Interviewed by Mary Wang
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The writer on working across genres, exploring the nuances of transnational identities, and resisting the expectations of a single, Chinese American narrative.

A Mind in Action: Catherine Barnett Interviewed by Maggie Millner
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The poet on the virtues of improv, the cost of solitude, and having deep conversations with other texts.

Digging Our Way Through the Data Midden: On Ed Sanders’s Investigative Poetry and Broken Glory: The Final Years of Robert F. Kennedy by Ammiel Alcalay
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The citizen investigator as poet.

The Porous Fabric Between Life and Death: Sarah Ruhl Interviewed by Elizabeth Metzger
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The playwright on exchanging letters with the late poet Max Ritvo.

Entries from the Imagined Bestiary 50 Beasts to Break Your Heart by GennaRose Nethercott
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Yunes were human once. / They nursed babies and baked bread and made love beneath the shade of the willow tree. / Then they were drowned in the bog on the edge of town. / The marshlands kept them flawless. / Their skin tanned tight as a drum skin, sealing their spirits inside like caged dogs.

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