32.2 Summer/Fall 2020

Table of Contents

Authors in this issue: Benjamin S. Grossberg, Craig Morgan Teicher, JoAnna Novak, Joseph Earl Thomas, Sarah Rose Etter, Stephen Massimilla, Samson Allal, Su Cho, Leslie Moody Castro, Megan Peak, Jennifer Moss, Dayna Patterson, Sierra Nelson, Lisa Levin, Ben Murphy, Nathaniel Popkin, Sarah Barber, Rachel Heng, Jill Talbot, Esther Lin, Graham Foust, Supritha Rajan, Jimmy Santiago Baca, Noah Baldino, Kieron Walquist, Brian Evenson, Carolyn Orosz, Randall Mann, Dan Fox, Emily Yong, Stanley Delgado, Bennet Bergman, Ursula Scavenius transl. by Jennifer Russell, D.A. Powell, Ronaldo V. Wilson, Carrie Shippers, Fátima Policarpo, Alison Pelegrin, Maria Lioutaia, Luce López-Baralt transl. by Suzanne Jill Levine, Khaty Xiong, Anthony Sutton, Kristin Robertson, Nahal Suzanne Jamir, Joy Baglio, Michael Holt,

Fiction

How It Was for Walt Whitman:
Winner of…

Bennet Bergman

I called it posturing, the militant dreamlife I lived here alone with drinking and gratitude and dancing at night in the kitchen with my mother’s ghost.

Fiction

Deep Clean:
2019 Barthelme Prize Honorable…

Michael Holt

I’d found their ad in the weekly. It looked perhaps slightly less suspicious than some other services I’d employed, though unfortunately that wasn’t saying much.

Fiction

Gossip, with Headless Body:
2019 Barthelme…

Stanley Delgado

I looked at Mr. Armindaro’s son, the only other kid my age. He stood next to his father, holding a huge green watermelon over his head. The little hairs of his armpits. He yawned, so I yawned.

Fiction

Birdland:
Winner of the 2019 GC Prize in…

Ursula Scavenius transl. by Jennifer Russell

A ship. She’s hanged from the mast. She’s lying on the bed and I’m lying next to her, holding her hand. She talks as though nothing were out of the ordinary.

Poetry

2 Poems

Kieron Walquist

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Poetry

All About All Hallow’s Eve

D.A. Powell

we dressed / in our best / false breasts / to impress / our two guests

Poetry

Dis (ORDER)

Emily Yong

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Non-Fiction / Art

Sorry. V. Young, Etc.

Dan Fox

For more years than were good for me, I worked as an editor and staff writer for an art magazine. My co-editor, Jennifer, had a valuable talent for finding humor in the dull routine tasks and professional anxieties that came with the job.

Fiction

Annex

Brian Evenson

When I was young and very new to the world, my keeper took me to a place he referred to as the annex, though, since it was not proximate to any other structure, I had a hard time understanding what it meant for it to be called annex.

Poetry

Fuels Management

Carolyn Orosz

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Poetry

On My Birthday

Randall Mann

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Poetry

2 Poems

Ronaldo V. Wilson

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Poetry

The Bereavement Committee Offers Its Condolences

Carrie Shippers

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Poetry

2 Poems

Kristin Robertson

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Non-Fiction

Proof Sheet

Nahal Suzanne Jamir

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Fiction

House of Stars

Joy Baglio

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Fiction / Poetry

Light Upon Light

Luce López-Baralt transl. by Suzanne Jill Levine

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Poetry

A Small God Carrying Endless Light

Anthony Sutton

if I had a god to pray to / it would be the light fixture / in the jail cell I spent most / of a day in.

Poetry

Asta So

Khaty Xiong

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Non-Fiction

The Shallows

Fátima Policarpo

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Poetry

Our Lady Who Thinks She Is a Saint

Alison Pelegrin

Poor sock monkey with the pompoms / chewed off—that was the one I kept, / working out a threadbare iconography / for the prayer card of my dreams.

Fiction

Longer Than She Would Have in the Wild

Maria Lioutaia

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Poetry

2 Poems

Noah Baldino

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Poetry

Buffalo Poem

Jimmy Santiago Baca

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Poetry

2 Poems

Samson Allal

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Poetry

Remember This When You're Hungry

Su Cho

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Non-Fiction / Art

Stitching Adolescence

Leslie Moody Castro

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Poetry

Feast with Grief at Its Center

Megan Peak

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Poetry

Barely Disfigured

Stephen Massimilla

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Non-Fiction

The Rash

Sarah Rose Etter

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Poetry

PrEP Day 4

Benjamin S. Grossberg

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Poetry

2 Poems

Craig Morgan Teicher

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Non-Fiction

Home Game

JoAnna Novak

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Non-Fiction

With Violence and Doubt

Joseph Earl Thomas

This would not be the first or last time for either of us. Nor was it my first time trying to reason through it, trying to rationalize the kind of violence that felt everywhere and always and hardly random.

Poetry

2 Poems

Jennifer Moss

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Poetry

How We're Made

Dayna Patterson

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Non-Fiction

Toward a Country and Western Song

Jill Talbot

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Poetry

The Real Thing

Esther Lin

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Poetry

2 Poems

Graham Foust

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Poetry

2 Poems

Supritha Rajan

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Fiction

Why Don't You Play?

Rachel Heng

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Poetry

2 Poems

Sarah Barber

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Poetry

Metonymy

Sierra Nelson

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Poetry

2 Poems

Lisa Levin

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Reviews

Review of Driving in Cars with Homeless…

Ben Murphy

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Reviews

Works by Jean Giono in English Translation

Nathaniel Popkin

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