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An Artist’s Guide to Herbs: Cloves by Harmony Holiday
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On resisting parasitic invasions—from the poisons in our soil, to toxic masculinity in the psyche.

Comfort in Getting Lost: Elizabeth Geoghegan Interviewed by Allison Grimaldi-Donahue
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The writer on her new story collection about the lives of the displaced and the daily estrangements we all face.

Exorcism, or Eating My Twin by Sam Cohen
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My twin and I met in the Midwestern college town where she lives, at a fan convention for Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I was dressed as Faith, the bad slayer in black leather and burgundy lips.

Laker Gold by Kwame Opoku-Duku
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Laker gold is how Pops describes it. To Little Man, though, that motherfucker is yellow. Canary yellow and dirty. Little Man knows it’s a Westview Public Works truck, even though the WPW tag was zig-zagged over with black spray paint.

From Vincent and Alice and Alice by Shane Jones
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We’re walking through the centered skylight spaces of the mall. I drop back on the cloud-white floor tiles, holding my phone up to record a video. Beautiful in its own way to watch in reality, but when I replay the video, following Alice into a store selling soap, the video doesn’t show Alice, only oval shaped air heat-trembling at the edges. I replay it three times, shocked each time when I’m unable to see her.

A Cosmos of Your Own Creation: Mark Mayer Interviewed by Kristen Kubecka
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The author discusses his debut collection, Aerialists, and the surreality of the human mind.

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.

How I Pump 1000 mL of Milk a Day by Eliza Robertson
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He used a specific verb, which I forgot to write down: screw With the bottles screwed into your breasts… It all started with screwing, what does he make of that.

Lens Shift: Laura van den Berg Interviewed by Mike Scalise
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The author of The Third Hotel on existential noir, travel psychology, and what horror film theory can reveal about the human condition.

Four Poems by Maggie Nelson
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I planned to write a book about / the color blue. Now I’m suddenly surrounded / by green, green gagging me / pleasurably, green holding onto my hips / from behind, digging into / the cleft, the cleft // that can be made.

Nothing Is Ever Wrong: Chelsea Hodson by Alex Zafiris
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The writer on surrendering, working through her avoidance, and using her body as an anchor. 

Fraught Engagement: Lucas Mann, author of Captive Audience by Nicholas Mancusi
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The writer on the artistic and emotional merits of reality TV. 

Four Poems by Greg Nissan
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Overcast cobalt, tile unbolted, pictures / On loan require empty space / Like an expletive. Grisaille pigeons, / Endemic to our swamp of / Commission.

Trust by Lucy Ives
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I meet the artist, who does x, for a snack one afternoon. We have the kind of conversation it was more necessary to have previous to the existence of the Internet. We exchange general info about the world. 

Three Poems by Stacey Tran
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We went into the garden to pick out a poison blocker / We saw fish mint / A lizard’s tail / A chameleon plant / Your heartleaf / My fishwort

An Anxiety of Influence: on Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi’s Call Me Zebra by Michael Valinsky
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Writing as an intransitive catastrophe and the hyperbole of literature.

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.

“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.

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

Think about the Children: on Michael Haneke’s Happy End by Anya Jaremko-Greenwold
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Four generations of unhappiness populate the French auteur’s latest.

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