Fall 2010 Table of Contents

Wedding Night by Rebecca Makkai

“You look good enough to eat,” he says, sitting up. He’s only started saying things like this since he got a girlfriend. Maybe he thinks it’s safe now because it’s not leading me on, or maybe he’s just gotten bolder since he lost his virginity. My friends have all gone home for the summer, so I’ve had to puzzle it over without their interpretive skills.

First Song by Andrew Bird

Indie / Folk Rock

My Ex by Jeffrey Brown


Sonnet Crown for Blind Tom and Harry T. Burleigh meets Antonin Dvorak, 1893 by Tyehimba Jess

The whole plantation would be called to sing / and dance in Master Epp’s large parlor room –

A Genesis Text for Larry Levis, Who Died Alone by Norman Dubie

we all stand / In a succession of etceteras

You Don’t Look Like Anyone I Know by Heather Sellers

I thought of all the articles I had read. How complex recognition was. How was I going to explain it? People would think I was mentally ill. “I haven’t ever seen her and known it was her and not said hello,” I said. “I wouldn’t do that.” I couldn’t imagine how to explain face blindness without sounding like a complete wacko.

Floatin’ Down Catawba and Where Otis Went by Half Dozen Brass Band

Jazz / Funk


Matthews laughed. He looked at Bodins who also began to laugh. What pals these guys were.

An Interview with Jesse Ball by Matthew Baker

Oh, the exercises are many and intricate. One mustn’t say too much about them, of course. Suffice it to say, they are practical exercises, dealing with conditions of truth and untruth in the relations between the student and his/her friends, relations and acquaintances.

Lewis Takes Off His Shirt by Owen Pallett

Baroque Pop / Indie

Cards by Jess Smart Smiley


Skinny Love by Bon Iver

Neo-Soul / Folk

Four-Letter Word by Hugh Martin

Dying / is part of training / for war in Iraq. / We leave in two months.

My Future Therapist Asks About Rage by Cathy Linh Che

Men in my life walked in and out of the room, / tramping snow.

Copper Islands by Unwed Sailor

Ambient / Progressive

Cotton CandySpecial Orders, and Fast Break by Edward Hirsch

Oral Poetry

An Interview with Edward Hirsch by Zachary Greenberg

When I started writing poetry, if you had told me I was going to write about sports, I would’ve told you that you were out of your mind.  I was playing sports all the time, but I wanted to write about Paul Klee, about going to the Art Institute of Chicago and discovering Edward Hopper.

The Lone Ranger, Those Thrilling Days of Yesteryear by Jeannine Savard

He lived in a cabin on a frozen lake, / snake-sitting his sister’s taut “Baby-Boy” / while she waitressed the season in the Carribean.

At Night by Michael Kaffka


Absence by Mary Gauthier and Carrie Rodriguez

Uncut Gem / Exclusive Lyrics

My Better Half and Time Flies by Bobby Braddock

Uncut Gems / Exclusive Lyrics

The Collision Therapist by Paul Robert Chesser

It is uncomfortable to drive without a license plate. Everywhere, the stagnant movement of automobiles. Since the divorce, I do not own a car; I am not registered; I am not insured. No life, health, auto, homeowners. Nothing. Only seventeen-hundred left in the checking account. I cannot afford to get pulled; I cannot afford to be noticed. Get through the lights, park the car in storage, take a bus back.

The Criminal Mastermind is Confined and Minotaur by Peter Ho Davies

Oral Storytelling

Home and Wounded by Paul Zografi

Blues / Americana

Apology with Axe and In the Soak by Bridget Talone

Never mind that / the frogs are singing and / they sing like a swing-set.

My Egyptian Fortune Cookie by Lisa Lim


Gouging My Inner Eye and Hibernation by Dawson//Caplan

Experimental / Visual

Late Afternoon with Chagall by Michelle Peñaloza

leaves which unfurl / into women, brides, flying out over the marketplace, / over baskets of berries, beet bundles, green stalks of leeks—

Cumberland Gap by Jalan Crossland

Americana / Shoegaze

Fall 2010 Contributors


Cover Art by Jesse Ball