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Burnished, Etched, Emblazoned: Asiya Wadud Interviewed by Emily Skillings
Syncope

On documentary poetics and the interconnectedness of crises.

What a Novel Could Be: Rob Doyle Interviewed by Tadhg Hoey
Doyle Threshold2

The writer on finding the form for his latest book and the appeal of the wandering psyche.

Kinds of Desire: Lily King interviewed by Francesca Giacco
Writers & Lovers

On the individuality of grief, demystifying the creative process, and the right time to tell a story.

Issue #151 from HEX by Rebecca Dinerstein Knight
Hex, Rebecca Dinerstein Knight, Viking Press

I am a woman who wakes up hungry. Tom touched only coffee till noon. You do what you’re capable of at some point, so Tom and I left each other.

Work as Life: Hilary Leichter Interviewed by Diane Cook
Temporary

The writer on when the short story becomes a novel, writing about the gig economy, and claiming new meanings for words.

A Collision of Hurt, Distress, and Hope: Paul Lisicky Interviewed by Yvonne Conza
Paul Lisicky, Later, 2020

On writing a memoir about living in Provincetown during the AIDS crisis.

Sam Pink’s The Ice Cream Man and Other Stories by Darina Sikmashvili
Sam Pink, The Ice Cream Man and Other Stories
Thalia Field and Abigail Lang’s Leave to Remain by Shelly Oria & Nelly Reifler
Thalia Field, Abigail Lang, Leave to Remain—Legends of Janus, Dalkey Archive Press, 2019

At the heart of Leave to Remain is the two authors, who, like Janus, share two faces and a mind that begins as two but comes to function as one,.

Books that Hold Performance by Sophie Seita
Valencia Mariana, ALBUM Spread, 58-59

How do we translate performance onto the page?

Édouard Glissant’s Sun of Consciousness by Miho Hatori
Édouard Glissant, Sun of Conciousness,

Last spring, inspired by Édouard Glissant’s theory of mondialité, I created an experimental performance salon at The Kitchen, featuring sound stories with an attitude of globality and an improvised/ambient/chanting vibe.

A Surfeit of Wondrous Things: Sean Michaels Interviewed by Tobias Carroll
The Wagers

On writing a mixed-media novel, the precarity of middle-class artists, and the unique weather systems of each project.

Bouchra Khalili’s The Radical Ally by Sophie Kovel
Bouchra Khalili, The Radical Ally

In February 1970, the Black Panther Party (BPP) sought political support from the French dissident writer Jean Genet, after his play The Blacks, which had recently traveled to New York, suggested he might be an ally.

The Fragility of Perception: Jessi Jezewska Stevens Interviewed by Kristina Tate
Jessistevens

On visual art as a tool to write about narrative, creating different kinds of time, and juggling complicated realities.

Departing from the Template: McKenzie Wark Interviewed by Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore
Reverse Cowgirl Purple

The writer on the fiction of autobiography, drugs as a gateway to gender euphoria, and trans writing that remakes the world.

BOMB Poetry Contest 2020 Judged by Simone White
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Submit to our Biennial Poetry Contest!

Impractical Cats by Jaakko Pallasvuo
Cats1

The cats were entering middle age and felt despair. They had come to realize that life was not a project one could complete successfully. Life was not a treat.

from Life Poem (1969) by Bob Holman
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Spring was the melted butter.

from Elementary Poetry by Andrei Monastyrski
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Elementary Poetry No. 1 is the first in a series of short artist books that the Russian poet, artist, and theorist Andrei Monastyrski (b. 1949) produced in quick succession in the spring of 1975 by drawing on typewritten pages with pen.

from Some Girls Walk Into The Country They Are From by Sawako Nakayasu

Girl C is supposed to be hard at work today but she keeps missing her stops, slipping. As the train falls out of view once again, she returns to her world of desire, instead of the world of transport and commuting and punctuality. She allows herself to float into the passenger car, and her pockets empty themselves and her clothing flies off-screen as per instructions provided one hundred years ago.

Ice by Jenny Wu

Of all my clients, I liked Wen Changbao because he never touched me. I just listened to him. For a while I thought of myself as his dog, simply because he was my first friend.

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