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Voice and transformation. This issue features a deep reckoning of friendship by Roland Merullo, a recollection of a mentor by Jhumpa Lahiri, and sharp, smart idiosyncracies by Sarah Gorham and David Rivard. Playing against these are antic and bittersweet stories by Perle Besserman, Ken Kalfus, and Vladimir Makanin, among others. Here are writers marking how the self broods—broods, and then flips loss onto its turtle back; how it damns the damnable and laughs out at all that is tangled and absurd. Pilar Coover’s hallucinatory visual textures aptly counterpoint the voices, which also include those of poets Matt Donovan, Amy Beeder, Paula Closson Buck, Bruce Smith, and Derek Walcott.

Walcott’s “A Sea-Change” was chosen for The Best American Poetry 2009.


Author Title
Richard Stern A Berlin Story
Nicholas D. Mennuti Connected
Vladimir Kozlov Drill and Song Day (translated from the Russian by Andrea Gregovich with Mikhail Iossel)
Ken Kalfus Professor Arecibo
Perle Besserman The Sackman Street Boys
Vladimir Makanin A Time of Exchanges (translated from the Russian by Mary Ann Szporluk)


Author Title
Joanne Diaz À la Turka
Derek Walcott “Afternoon. Durrant’s. . . .”
Amy Beeder Against the Neighbors, Bury Bottles
Matt Donovan Bessie Smith’s Last Recorded Song
Matt Donovan Bullied Into Thoughts About the Body & Desire at the Colorado State Fair
Amy Beeder The Charges Are Stalking & Arson
Bruce Bond Choir
Scott Withiam Close
Todd Hearon Covenant
Bruce Smith Devotion: Dub
Bruce Smith Devotion: Fly
Maureen Alsop Epiphany
Matt Donovan How Graceland’s Decorator Landed the Gig
Stephen Burt In Maryland
Idra Novey Into the Atacama
Scott Withiam Just These Miracles
Bruce Bond The Last Days of Jaco Pastorius
Paula Closson Buck Litany of Resistance
Steve Gehrke Morphine: Eugene O’Neill Remembering
Steve Gehrke Nihilism: Eugene O’Neill at Sea
Mark Conway Not Night
Nicky Beer Octopus vulgaris
Mikhail Rodionov “On this sleepless night . . .” (translated from the Russian by J. Kates)
Derek Walcott “Perhaps it exists . . .”
Kevin Prufer Recent History
Derek Walcott A Sea-Change
Alexander Stessin “She says, ‘It’s bad . . .’” (translated from the Russian by J. Kates)
Amy Beeder Silverfish
Nicky Beer Skin Trade
Todd Hearon Song for the Returns
Chard deNiord The Thinker
Paula Closson Buck Tigers
Matt Donovan Two Songs About the Work of Hands
Stephen Burt A Walk in the Morning Sun


Author Title
Jhumpa Lahiri Alberto de Lacerda: A Remembrance
William Pierce Crucibles: The Orchestration of Surprise
Sarah Gorham Darling Amanita
Kelle Groom How to Make a Shoe
Sven Birkerts In the Commissaries of Hell
James Guida Marbles
David Rivard A Note on Steven Berg’s Rimbaud: “. . . still unilluminated I . . .
Josh Gidding On Not Being Proust: An Essay in Literary Failure
Askold Melnyczuk Shadowboxing: The Evil of Banality
Pilar Sans Coover Stitches
Roland Merullo Visions of Gerard

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