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Issue #4, Spring-Summer 2000
At the outset we hoped that in time we could draw exceptional work from around the world. In this issue Slovenian writer Andrej Blatnik's "Mickey Mouse Travels East" surfs the tsunami-sized cultural shifts of Eastern Europe. We also are pleased to be bringing you Lauren Milne Henderson, Britain's reigning queen of "Tart Noir" fiction and her lusty story, "Draining the Snake." The sheer vitality of newcomer Kelly Le Fave's poetry grabbed us, and hasn't let go. We continue to learn and be dazzled by the accomplished Dan Halpern who shares with us his first poetry love. Another thing that continues to impress us is the sheer volume of submissions we've been receiving, and which our talented, diligent readers, Mollie Godfrey, Peter Henry, Allison Dubinsky, and Gabrielle Belfiglio, faithfully comb for nuggets of brilliance. Imagine their surprise to find their names missing from Issue 3's masthead. Mercifully, they have forgiven us and soldier on in the name of discovery. Now that is something to celebrate.
Ron Carlson, Aleksandar Hemon, Katherine Shonk, Tara Ison, Lauren Milne Henderson, Ben Marcus
EVIL EYE ALLEN • This was a person who did not dance in front of people, a girl who had never really behaved in such a way. She had never been among us.
ACCORDION • Maybe that man never played that key; maybe he'll never play that note in his entire life.
MY MOTHER'S GARDEN • The reactor is off in the distance, towering over the town.... From here it all looks normal.
BALL • I know that the success of sex depends on contrivance, in holding yourself back. It's the tease, not the strip.
DRAINING THE SNAKE • It wasn't a hosepipe. It was a penis.
THE FAINTING PROJECT • By not fainting, we surrender our identities to the mundane chaos of time.
Benjamin Gantcher, Christine Bauch, David Schickler
JACOB'S BATH • Amidst all this wonder was Jacob Wolf, twenty-eight, newly married and utterly dismayed.
Kelly Le Fave, Derek Walcott, Liz Rosenberg, Charlie Smith
HEAT OF THE DAY
THE FIRE IS A GORGEOUS SURPLUS
Three selections from TIEPOLO'S HOUND
THE MAIDEN AND THE UNICORN
Edgar Allan Poe
Stéphane Mallarmé on Edgar Allan Poe • 'L'Après Midi d'un Faune' may be incomprehensible, but not the Master's portrait of the American writer who helped inspire the French Symbolist movement in poetry.
Stéphane Mallarmé, Rick Moody, Daniel Halpern
THE PIPE • 'L'Après Midi d'un Faune' may be... okay, okay, how about the Master's amazing description of his favorite pipe?
DESTROY ALL MONSTERS; An Ecstatic Haiku Sequence
A Godzilla fan
Celebrates monster movies.
He eats Jujyfruits.
COFFEE & ORANGES • The author recalls his early encounters with poetry, experiencing anew the sensuality and flavors of the poem that first sparked his burgeoning imagination, Wallace Stevens' 'Sunday Morning.'
Stéphane Mallarmé, Stéphane Mallarmé
LETTER TO JAMES ABBOTT MCNEILL WHISTLER • The frequently incomprehensible Master's letter to the great nineteenth-century American painter.
RECOMMENDATION ABOUT MY PAPERS
Lost & Found:
William Boyd, Rachel Resnick, Anderson Tepper, Susan Choi
On Her Privates We by Frederic Manning • A stunning World War One novel, first published in 1929 and championed by Ernest Hemingway, Ezra Pound and TS Eliot, is told from the perspective of an ordinary private.
On Stacey Levine's My Horse and Other Stories • A 1993 short story collection by a writer who has been justly compared with the best of Flannery O'Conner and Jane Bowles.
On Near to the Wild Heart, by Brazilian author Clarice Lispector • Written in 1944, this intimate story penetrates the many-layered life of Joana, from her childhood in middle-class Rio to the collapse of her marriage.
On Edward Newhouse's Many Are Called • A 1951 collection of forty-two gritty and calamitous stories penned by a colorful pro from the old 'New Yorker' days.
A Readable Feast:
POÉSIE DE LA CUISINE (Poetry of the Kitchen) • The Master's simple, to-the-point 'Mulligatawny' and 'A New Year's Eve Menu.'
ODE TO A MARTINI • Juniper berries have never tasted so good.
The Last Word: