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
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.
Jazz / Funk
THE MERCY OF KINGS by Jesse Ball
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
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
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.
Blues / Americana
Never mind that / the frogs are singing and / they sing like a swing-set.
My Egyptian Fortune Cookie by Lisa Lim
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
Cover Art by Jesse Ball