Summer 2011 Table of Contents

Chiapas by Nick St. John


Getting It Right by Andrew Najberg

____Let’s look at it this way:/ we are shepherds on the hillside.

Early In The Day Of The Solar Eclipse, XII., and Before The World Went To Hell by Miriam Bird Greenberg

____Early in the day of the solar eclipse/ the old men who would still tell their names/ to soldiers passed ____time combing their beards

The Cracks In The Sidewalk by Ben Loory

____The cracks in the sidewalks spell out people’s names if you look at them from high enough up.

Wind Will Not Shake Me by Oh, Mountain


An Interview With Jean McGarry by Rebecca Bernard

____Given the deep interiority present in so many of the stories in the collection Ocean State would you ____share a little about your process?

Feathers (Don’t Change On Me) by Absofacto


The Mummy Boycotts Easter by Patrick Whitfill

____Naturally, at every resurrection there’s/ at least one nonplussed and unconvinced/ hooligan

Cannibal Street by Dudes Die


A voice from the country of my dreams by Landa wo

____A voice/ The voice

The Rise of Communism, Robert Frost in the Slaughter House, and Self-Portrait on Cigarette Foil I by Craig Blais

____The first night, I thought stray dogs were fucking in the streets.

Lesson by Jenny Johnson

____When it is already after seven/ and in the lit pantry all she can do is study your countenance

MCA by Keiler Roberts

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My True-Love and Saying Goodbye by Jim Clark

____Folk/Modern Classical/Spoken Word

On Hunger by Elizabeth Wade

____I am thinking of the verb “to conspire,”

An Interview With Kevin Wilson by Jake Karlsruher

____And once I saw all this amazing stuff that people were writing, and I realized that these people ____were not dead, I wanted to be a part of it.

Beelzebub Is My Bud by Trilobite


Aaron Englund, July 1970 by Lori Ostlund

____The summer that Aaron was five, he and his parents embarked on the first (and only) Englund ____family vacation…

To the Heart by Ori Fienberg

____There is a faraway island, famed for its brightly colored and surprisingly textured mosaics, in _____which the people have eyes, not on their heads, but on the bottom of their feet.

Red Doors by Joe Bueter

____The smell some nights/ could’ve simply been the marsh./ Or crustaceans and bacon grease.

Big Sur (Instrumental) by Botany


An Interview With D.A. Powell by Andrew Rahal

____And I guess that I am post-confessional in the sense that the confessional poets are all dead. I am ____living post-them. I’ll concede that. But I don’t see myself as entertaining the same concerns.

Therapy Dog by Phil Estes

____These girls tie a pit-bull/ To one of the pillars of their house.

Reptile House by Robin McLean

____Carl’s wife lay back, sanitized stirrups biting at her heavy ankles.

Storm Windows (Imago) by John Nieves

____Salt over the shoulder and the babble-down evening/ set the stage for this:

from “Cloud-Capped Star” by Tarfia Faizullah

____A few days before Eid al-Adha, Keith invites me to go on a evening jaunt with him to the Ramna ____Kali Mandir.

An Interview With David Shields by Ethan Milner

____It came about rather indirectly, it’s not as if I decided that I wanted to write a book about ____plagiarism and a book that embodies plagiarism

The Old Guys by Mark Ehling and Will Dinski

Old Guys

Birth of a Line by The Great Curve


The Horizon and The Plains by Christopher DeWeese

____The air inside the air/ kept getting smaller

from Winter: aphorisms by Sarah Vap

____Someone cries every few minutes in our family

Summer 2011 Contributors


Cover Art by Edward Traugott