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Sacred and Profane Love

By Richie Hofmann

Our overnight train was outpacing
the countryside, the speed at which it moved flattening the grass,
                                while, in our sleeper car,
he jerked my shirt back up over my shoulders, and I bit
the white cotton.

The stiff blankets loosening, the shadows loosening.
Dawn outrunning the edges of the drawn shade.


On Beatlebone by Kevin Barry

By Simon Chandler

In 1978, John Lennon hadn’t released any music for three years. His last outing had been 1975’s comparatively uninspiring Rock ’n’ Roll, and in the year before he’d openly announced his retirement from music, citing his desire to concentrate on…

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Matthew Olzmann

Matthew Olzmann is the author of two poetry collections: Mezzanines (Alice James Books, 2013) and Contradictions in the Design (forthcoming from Alice James in November.) He is the 2015–16 Kenan Visiting Writer at the University of North Carolina and coeditor…

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