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Inscapes and crossings. Michael Mazur’s cover rendering of Dantean passage sets the tone for an issue rich with transformative broodings and hard-won exclamations. Poetry by Rita Dove, Robert Pinsky, Richard Kenney, Alan Williamson, and many others resonates against powerful translations of Vasyl Makhno, Tomas Venclova, René Char, Rainer Maria Rilke, and Nelly Sachs. Stories by Charles Haverty, Lynne Sharon Schwartz, Anis Shivani, and Gary Amdahl seem to call to nuanced meditations by Lia Purpura, Brian Christian, and Nadia Gregor. This is a partial listing, to be sure. The issue also features a first-ever DVD—Robert Gardner’s documentary celebration of our portfolio artist Michael Mazur at work on his print illustrations of Robert Pinsky’s striking translations of the Italian master.

Eleanor Henderson’s story “The Farms” was chosen for The Best American Short Stories 2009.

Editor’s Note

Author Title
Birkerts, Sven The Advertent Eye


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Frame, Ronald Caffè Doppio
Schwartz, Lynne Sharon Coda
Haverty, Charles Excommunicados
Henderson, Eleanor

The Farms (chosen for The Best American Stories 2009)

Amdahl, Gary The Lesser Evil
Shivani, Anis Manzanar
Gault, Miciah Bay O Liberated Eyes


Author Title
Char, René Ancestor (translated from the French by Nancy Naomi Carlson)
Dove, Rita Andante con Variazioni
Kenney, Richard Another Sunset
Williamson, Alan Bébert
Sandy, Stephen Circular Drives
Sleigh, Tom Claw
Black, Sophie Cabot Dark Harbor
Bustion, Olivia Eunuchs for the Kingdom of Heaven
Williamson, Alan Event Horizon
Venclova, Tomas For R. K. (translated from the Lithuanian by Ellen Hinsey)
Baumel, Judith His Knowledge of Having Done So
Sandy, Stephen Huang’s Tao Te Ching
Gewanter, David In again Out again
Sleigh, Tom Kafka Variations
Vollmer, Judith Kinzua
Kinsella, John Ladder
Char, René Lichens (translated from the French by Nancy Naomi Carlson)
Rosko, Emily Mare’s Nest
Massimilla, Stephen Missed Signs
Bottoms, David My Father Adjusts His Hearing Aids
Sachs, Nelly O You Animals! (translated from the German by Teresa Iverson)
Revard, Lawrence On the Milkman
Venclova, Tomas The Opposite Shore (translated from the Lithuanian by Ellen Hinsey)
Havird, David Prayers for a Giant
Pinsky, Robert The Procession
Sleigh, Tom A Promise
Larsen, Lance The Right to Slap Butts, If He Wants
Dove, Rita Seduction against Exterior Pilaster, Waning Gibbous
Rilke, Rainer Maria from Sonnets to Orpheus: Part 1, Sonnets 5 and 6 (translated from the German by Lorne Mook)
Dove, Rita Staffordshire Figurine, 1825
Robins, Michael The Sweet Crime of a Waltz
Irwin, Mark Table of Contents
Bottoms, David Tedium
Irwin, Mark Tell Me
Van Winckel, Nance Thin Ice
Rosko, Emily Troupe Song
Makhno, Vasyl Yehuda Amichai (translated from the Ukrainian by Orest Popovych)


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Gregor, Nadia The Dysthenic Revelation
Kon Zhicheng-Mingdé, Desmond Scholem in One Uneven Hour
Melnyczuk, Askold Shadowboxing: Secular Antics in Bethlehem
Christian, Brian That Trick of Memory: Seasonally Induced Amnesia in Seattle
Purpura, Lia Two Experiments and a Coda

Art Feature

Author Title
Gardner, Robert Good to Pull (a short film on DVD)
Mazur, Michael I’ll Tell What I Saw (Inferno I, Inferno III, Inferno XXI, Purgatorio I, Purgatorio X, and Paradiso XII, with translations from Dante’s Italian by Robert Pinsky), plus Cantos XXVIII and XXXIII from Mazur’s The Inferno of Dante
Mazur, Michael Introduction
Gardner, Robert Watching (essay)

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