weekend-readsThe Apiculturalist

Kimiko Hahn

In black veiled hat and canvas gauntlets Jean Paucton, seventy, climbs the baroque stairs of the Palais Garnier opera house to his rooftop apiary. The theatrical prop man studied beekeeping…

Gravityweekend-reads

Erin Stalcup

“We are suspenders of disbelief, easily enchanted by possibility, addicted to wonder. So whatever measure of faith we harbor in the fallibility of gravity may, like our faith in so…

Review of A Voice For The Silenced

Margot Demopoulos

Review of Armenian Golgotha: A Memoir of The Armenian Genocide, 1915-1918, Grigoris Balakian, Translated by Peter Balakian and Aris Sevag, Knopf, 2009, 509 pages, $35.00 During his year in Auschwitz,…

weekend-readsWhat This Is About

Daniel Coshnear

This morning, like most mornings, my wife Susan let the rats loose to crawl along the counter top as she was preparing the kids’ lunches for school. Shnookums, the white…

weekend-readsCurrent

Beth Bosworth

I was drowning. We were at Sippewisset Beach on Cape Cod and my mother and her neighbor Bertha sat on beach chairs. They wore one-piece bathing suits and thigh-length terrycloth…

Has King’s Dream Been Realized?

Samantha Simpson

Review of Best African-American Essays 2009, Eds. Gerald Early and Debra J. Dickerson, Bantam, 2009, 320 pages, $16.00 That question trailed Reverend Al Sharpton during the celebration of Barack Obama’s…

Laocoon

Paisley Rekdal

And then he says, Laocoon             suffers, yes; but he suffers like Sophocles’             Philoctetus: we would like to bear pain             ourselves the way this sublime man bears it,              but I…

weekend-readsThe Cane Brake

Nathan Poole

Q.U is what we all called him, but the name really stands for Quintis. Someone gave him a navy blue hat years ago and he wore it everyday since. It…

weekend-readsContinuing; Sightseeing

Shane McCrae

Continuing Dear Lord if this          is what I make of my / Body why give me Lord a body if It might have been          like all creation beautiful Why give it Lord…

weekend-reads“Killer”

Scott Kenemore

When Lanie called and said I should rush over, I knew it’d be something strange. Lanie is the bassist in my brother’s rock band, but also works as a mortician.…

Lost Water

Thomas Gough

For Grace Paley Each day the water pours out of the mountains. I rise and stand at the door of the shed to hear this water I cannot see, and…

Anniversary Cards

Merle Drown

Before moving my mother to the nursing home, I sorted the personal stuff with her. I did it without my brothers because I knew they wouldn’t want anything. When we…

Criminals

Corey Zeller

        What about the goons?         Those criminals thwarted and left for dead in every action movie for the past thirty years. I’m sure at least a dozen survived the slaughters. This…

The Pursuit of What Exists

Zach Savich

Review of Sam Sampson’s Everything Talks, Auckland University Press and Shearsman Books, 2008, 80 pages, $15.00 “And everything that I did      Did with me talk.” from “Wonder,” by Thomas Traherne…

Pattern

Mary Rechner

The pencil-drawn woman on the front of the pattern packet had no face but she looked good anyway, legs apart, hip thrust forward. Her heels were extremely high. Make it…

Fem Careweekend-reads

Elliott Holt

Halfway through the first day of our annual Beauty Summit in Miami, the facilitator says it’s time to take a break from our ideation session and have a team experience.…

a full-grown man in his ear

Jeff Encke

                 across the floor giant thistles                 waving in the ocean betraying him with a vulture a lost sight            the first to see         a woman barefoot in bed,                 staring at hope             —clinging to…

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