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From Scorpionic Sun by Mohammed Khaïr-Eddine

I disrupt the concupiscence of tube worms / where your snowy owl eye consults among white crusts / the venom of my gymnodactyl eye / which bribes the slag of trilobites

Ben Lerner’s The Topeka School by Ryan Meehan
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Reconciling a futurist aesthetic with a story of the past.

The Horror Is What We Don’t Yet Know (and Maybe Never Will): Brian Evenson Interviewed by Rob Goyanes
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The writer on his new short story collection, creating realistic characters that don’t always change, and how fatherhood has impacted his relationship to language.

To Change the Shape of the Brain in the Heart: A Conversation by John James & Rob Schlegel
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The poets on their latest collections, the texture of language, and work that pulls the rug from under us.

Cecilia Vicuña by Elianna Kan
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The poet and artist invokes ancient matriarchal cultures, Indigenous folkways, and the speculative capacities of language so that we might rediscover our kinship with nature.

Resisting Oblivion: Lena Herzog Interviewed by Kellylouise Delaney
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Documenting disappearing languages.

The Energy Between Words: Emmalea Russo Interviewed by Ariel Yelen
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The poet on the physicality of language, making a process to mess it up, and curiosity as optimism.

Issue #145: Ann Hamilton and Audra Wolowiec
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Reassembled fragments of texts and vocalizations invite audiences into the immersive installations of these two artists.

Three Poems by Rachel Alexandra Kass
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Lying on the couch all day glass of water a highly disgusting smoothie four coloring books, / a myriad of psychiatric and “anti-inflammatory” medication / anti-inflammatory Jewish history books / anti-inflammatory pretzel sticks / anti-inflammatory medicinal cannabis 

The Self Is a Fiction: Jenny Xie Interviewed by Mariam Rahmani
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The poet on the politics of the gaze, the migratory act of reading, the anxiety of bilingualism, and the universality of shame.

Supple Language: Jesse Chun Interviewed by Hannah Stamler
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Disfiguring the hegemony of standard English.

Joseph Keckler by Olivia Laing
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Writer and vocalist Keckler performs impersonations of obscure larger-than-life personalities he meets. In her first novel, Laing impersonates Kathy Acker.

Artificial Languages: An Interview with Matthew Baker by K.C. Mead-Brewer
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The writer on his short story collection, Hybrid Creatures, and using mathematical equations, HTML code, music symbols, and propositional logic to build narratives.

One Piece: Linger Longer by Samuel Jablon
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The artist talks about the genesis, composition, and execution of a recently completed work.

Nebulous Geography: On Renee Gladman’s Houses of Ravicka by J.W. McCormack
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The imagined city from Gladman’s Ravicka series is as elusive as human self-hood. 

Damnation by Christine Wertheim
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“To a small village, at the end of winter, comes a mysterious package addressed to no one.” Thus begins Damnation, Janice’s Lee’s new novella. 

Kai Althoff by David Grubbs
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Althoff engages multiple art modes—from painting to making music, as a band member of Workshop and under the pseudonym Fanal.

Amina Cain & Renee Gladman
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Lingering with a moment, operating in the dark, and moving through membranes.

On Inscrutability: William Forsythe’s Sider by Emily Hoffman
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Emily Hoffman on the broken patterns in William Forsythe’s Sider, a work that conjures and contends with Elizabethan tragedy.

Three Poems by Jennifer Kronovet

Ten Ways to Mourn a Dead Language

1. Intersperse words from the dead language into your speech. When asked the meaning of the dead words say, I never said that.

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