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Unsettling Objects: On Samanta Schweblin’s Mouthful of Birds by Lincoln Michel
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Stories full of weird.

Accepting Enigmas: Sophie Mackintosh Interviewed by Leah Dworkin
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The novelist on writing multiple women’s voices, creating a world where men are toxic, and the wide range of female dystopian fiction.

One Poem by Mike Lala
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Out, like fireflies, from the inter-dimensional, / silver disks at edge of picture hover over Hillary / with swaddled child, John Podesta counterpose beside her, / in a painting I’d like to paint, had I been a painter, / trading in detail from the too-smooth desert

Vengeance Poetry: Andrea Abi-Karam Interviewed by Davey Davis
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The writer on kill bro poems, cyborg transformations as erotic experiences, and implicating the self.

Christos Ikonomou’s Good Will Come From the Sea by Ellie Robins
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A pose recurs in Christos Ikonomou’s Good Will Come From the Sea: one character after another finds themselves on their knees, waiting. For the dawn, for mercy, for love. 

Marwa Helal’s Invasive Species by Safia Elhillo
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For Marwa Helal and me, the histories of our two countries—Egypt and Sudan—are inextricably linked, our shared Nile both the most obvious and fertile metaphor.

One Poem by Ben Pelhan
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a surgeon takes / a shirt off. / a struggle. / a shrug. / a shrinking /    blinking quiet. / give him his bottle / so he can suck on it.

Looking Back: BOMB Contributors on Literature in 2018
The Great Derangment

Featuring selections by Tom Comitta, Molly Crabapple, Veronica Scott Esposito, Carlos Fonseca, and more.

A Quiet Barometer of What’s Wrong: Nikki Darling Interviewed by Cooper Lee Bombardier
Fade Into You

The novelist on living in liminal spaces, Los Angeles in the `90s, and using Ponyboy as inspiration.

To Celebrate What’s Wonderful: Beowulf Sheehan Interviewed by Maria Dahvana Headley
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The portrait photographer on how he captures the spirit and power of a writer’s work.

A.I. Storytelling: On Ross Goodwin’s 1 the Road by Connor Goodwin
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A car wrote a book worth reading.

Sex as Backdrop: Christopher Zeischegg Interviewed by Chelsea Hodson
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The writer on working in the porn industry, the theatricality of violence, and the mundanity of capitalism.

Sculpture Room: Joshua Rivkin Interviewed by Rachel Cohen
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The biographer on writing about a complicated artist, with a peopled life.

The Dead Come Back: On Mark Fisher’s K-Punk by Ryan Meehan
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A superabundant life online, thinking through networks, and asking for more.

Issue #145 | Attempt to Be Adequate to the Experience of Loving an Animal by Diana Hamilton

The internet does a better job of documenting / the way we feel when something soft, especially / a mammal, is very cute, than poetry does. 

Three Poems by Ken White

yours in torchlight / we audit our equipment / note how few genuine distractions / present as distraction first

Four Poems by Savannah Cooper-Ramsey

Winner of BOMB’s 2018 Poetry Contest, selected by Dawn Lundy Martin.

Yavush by Selena Anderson

Yavush dressed like a girl who didn’t really love herself—in short, strappy dresses that flashed meaty upper thigh, with a clip-on swoop bang and acrylic fingernails that curved into the future, dripping rhinestones, gold hearts, and glitter.

Trigger by Shelly Oria & Nelly Reifler

You are a color-blind social worker in a small town and your secret is you stopped giving a fuck. A man you loved more than you knew was possible has left you, but so what, right?

Marcia Douglas by Loretta Collins Klobah
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In echoes and splices of “narrative sonic bites,” Douglas sets her experimental novel, The Marvellous Equations of the Dread, to the dub pulse of Rasta tradition.

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