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Psychedelic Sold Out

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 Especially when we made it clear that every issue would feature at least one unpublished poet and fiction writer—"Every issue?"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

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.'

Emily Ishem Raboteau

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.

Chris Offutt

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.

Ron Carlson

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

AFTER YOU • A tribute to the late poet Agha Shahid Ali.

Lynn Freed

SEX WITH SERVANTS! • Getting down to the truth in autobiographical fiction.

Panio Gianopoulos

ARACHNOPHILIA • Finding the inner Spider-Man.

Agha Shahid Ali

AFTER YOU

Rafiq Kathwari

FIRE TREE

Stuart Dybek

JOURNAL

Marge Piercy

TACONIC AT MIDNIGHT

Rachel Hadas

ZONE OF ATTRACTION

Monica Ferrell

THE LION OF SAINT JEROME
L'HEURE VERTE
ELEVEN STEPS TO BREAKING UP A HART

Tadeusz Rozewicz, translated by Joanna Trzeciak

FRANCIS BACON OR DIEGO VELÁZQUEZ IN THE DENTIST'S CHAIR

Tom Sleigh

DAY ROOM

Mario Vargas Llosa, translated by Natasha Wimmer

THE PARABLE OF THE TAPEWORM, an excerpt from Letters to a Young Novelist

Ken Kesey

A last interview with the original Merry Prankster and author of One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest.

Billy Collins

The U.S. poet laureate on old-world influences, political correctness, and his love affair with poetry.

Margaret Luongo

Fiction
PRETTY • I stare at him frankly--you can't be subtle in these things.

Garth Buckner

Fiction
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.

Amelia Klein

Poetry
TO ASH
THE LOOKOUT

Jim Shepard

on Maria Beig

Gardner McFall

on Elliott Coleman's 27 Night Sonnets

Beth Kephart

on Horace Kephart's Our Southern Highlanders

Frank Bures

on Ngugi wa Thiongo's Matigari

Whitney Otto

on Isadora Duncan's My Life

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.