Nothing

Nancy Zafris

1. Three years ago I was making a living as a realtor. The market was on fire. Even a newcomer like me could move houses. All I had to do…

Lenses and Eyes

Zach Savich

Review of James Longenbach, The Art of the Poetic Line, and Donald Revell, The Art of Attention (Graywolf Press) As James Longenbach points out in The Art of the Poetic…

On Joyce Carol Oates’ Wild Nights! Stories about the Last Days of Poe, Dickinson, Twain, James, and Hemingway and Christopher Benfey’s A Summer of the Hummingbirds: Love, Art, and Scandal in the Intersecting Worlds of Emily Dickinson, Mark Twain, Harriet Beecher Stowe, & Martin Johnson Heade

David S. Reynolds

In Wild Nights! , titled after the famous Emily Dickinson poem, Joyce Carol Oates gives us fictionalized versions of the ends of the lives of a number of famous American…

Eggs

Ernesto Quiñonez

Inelda Flores would’ve preferred a doctor whose looks didn’t resemble her boyfriend’s. Not that he wasn’t cute, it was just that maybe like Eddie, this doctor had most likely cheated…

Cowboys of My Heart: The Six-DVD Box Set

Jackson Bliss

Language setup: Dolby Surround-Sound 7.1 English/Japanese/Spanish/French Audio: English subtitles. Trailer: Stranded in space, a victim of his own pathologies, Mattieu lays on his bed, flicking a cigarette into an ashtray…

Head Case

Nance Van Winckel

Large, loud birds. Hot salty breezes. I kept drifting off, dreaming of snow. I felt I wasn’t where I should be, but I didn’t know where “should-be” was. Except, as…

weekend-readsThe Duct Tape Brother

Daniel Torday

When I’d finally saved up enough duct tape, I made myself a duct tape brother. I was an only child growing up, and my friends who had older brothers were…

The Rabid Dog

Willie Davis

For Marcum Jay Schneider Early that April—after I’d learned of Delores’s affair, but before I knew the details—I took to waking at sunrise and tramping the streets. Most mornings I…

weekend-readsSix Poems

Matthew Byrne

Signifying Nothing The metaphor got sick of standing for something else, of living and dying by the wit of a dimming audience, of watching itself, as if from outside its…

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