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Issue #11, Spring 2002
When we began three years ago, we heard a lot of remarks, such as "Are you nuts?" Especially when we made it clear that every issue would feature at least one unpublished poet and fiction writer—"Every issue?" You bet. This time we feature the visceral poetry of Amelia Klein, as well as two debut short stories: Bahamian writer Garth Buckner's evocative tale of smuggling immigrants into the United States and Margaret Luongo's pitch-perfect story of sexual confusion. We're also proud to feature young, rising talents who have only a few publishing credits. Remember this name: Emily Ishem Raboteau. Her story "Kavita Through Glass" promises that she will soon be as heralded a writer as veterans Ron Carlson and Chris Offutt, or poets Tom Sleigh, Tadeusz Rozewicz, and Marge Piercy, all of whom we are fortunate to publish here.
Steve Almond, Emily Ishem Raboteau, Chris Offutt, Ron Carlson
THE SOUL MOLECULE • 'An abduction can take one of two forms. The first is purely for research purposes. Cell harvesting, that kind of thing. The second involves implants, Jim, such as the one in my brain.'
KAVITA THROUGH GLASS • He doubted his paternity. He doubted his doubt. Every time she left she would admonish him not to follow her. Of course the night came when he decided to do just that.
INSIDE OUT • Death produces an irrational need for tidiness and a surprising amount of spontaneous sex. I've found people in the coatroom, the foyer, the restroom, even the chapel.
AT THE EL SOL • What I was really doing was handwriting one complete chronological record of the five-week scam by which my associates and myself had stolen fifty-one hundred dollars from the River of Gold casino outside Incon, New Mexico.
Christopher Merrill, Lynn Freed, Panio Gianopoulos
AFTER YOU • A tribute to the late poet Agha Shahid Ali.
SEX WITH SERVANTS! • Getting down to the truth in autobiographical fiction.
ARACHNOPHILIA • Finding the inner Spider-Man.
Agha Shahid Ali, Rafiq Kathwari, Stuart Dybek, Marge Piercy, Sir Muhammed Iqbal, translated by Rafiq Kathwari, Rachel Hadas, Monica Ferrell, Tadeusz Rozewicz, translated by Joanna Trzeciak, Tom Sleigh
A WALK IN THE SKY
THE LION OF SAINT JEROME
ELEVEN STEPS TO BREAKING UP A HART
FRANCIS BACON OR DIEGO VELÁZQUEZ IN THE DENTIST'S CHAIR
Mario Vargas Llosa, translated by Natasha Wimmer
THE PARABLE OF THE TAPEWORM, an excerpt from Letters to a Young Novelist
Ken Kesey, Billy Collins
A last interview with the original Merry Prankster and author of One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest.
The U.S. poet laureate on old-world influences, political correctness, and his love affair with poetry.
Margaret Luongo, Garth Buckner, Amelia Klein
PRETTY • I stare at him frankly--you can't be subtle in these things.
THE HUMAN TIDE • He decides that the money is enough and that the trouble is enough and he loosens the highwayman's hitch that is binding the rope that ties the two ships together.
Lost & Found:
Jim Shepard, Gardner McFall, Beth Kephart, Frank Bures, Whitney Otto
on Elliott Coleman's 27 Night Sonnets
on Horace Kephart's Our Southern Highlanders
on Ngugi wa Thiongo's Matigari
on Isadora Duncan's My Life
A Readable Feast:
Erin ERgenbright and Thisbe Nissen
Excerpts from THE EX-BOYFRIEND COOKBOOK • They say food is the way to a man's heart, but here, men are the way to good food.