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Issue #57, Fall, 2013
In our mitigated, cultivated world, is it possible to still be wild? With no wilderness, will our natures turn tame? These are two of the challenges we threw out for our Wild issue, and because writers are creative, and therefore untamed, they came back to us with very different answers. Often the word wild is associated with otherness and primitiveness. Artist Matt Kish explores this idea in his dark, haunting interpretation of Conrad’s classic tale of madness, Heart of Darkness; Lauren Groff’s single female heroine loses herself to otherness in the story “Salvador”; and journalist Inara Verzemnieks chronicles a transient community that colonized a highway rest stop. The doggedly inquisitive Ginger Strand tackles the elusive sex trade in Vegas and traces the not-so-wild roots of the Wild West. Whatever your inclination, we hope you heed the words of Isadora Duncan: “You were once wild here. Don’t let them tame you.”
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Lauren Groff, Donald Ray Pollock, Ben Marcus, Lawrence Osborne, Vauhini Vara
SALVADOR • Helena was in that viscous pool of years in her late thirties when she could feel her beauty slowly departing from her.
THE WORM • They arose silently from their particular corners of the one-room shack and pulled on their filthy clothes.
LEAVING THE SEA • I felt the chilly finger hanging between my legs, a bit of ice high on my inner thigh, a patch of clammy coolness.
CAMINO REAL • Angel already looked far older than twenty-eight. Two years wandering the deserts had turned his skin a darkened copper and made his eyes harder.
BUFFALO • That summer the days failed to distinguish themselves from one another, and given that failure, I don't see why I should do the distinguishing for them.
Olena Kalytiak Davis, Natalie Eilbert, Rosalie Moffett, Albert Goldbarth, Kimberly Grey, Alice Fulton, Allison Titus, Patricia Spears Jones, Mark Irwin
THE POEM SHE DIDN'T WRITE
SYSTEM OF BECOMING QUITE
SYSTEM OF DISMANTLING BOMB
ESSAY ON URBAN HOMESTEADING
SELF-PORTRAIT AS MIDNIGHT STORM
Inara Verzemnieks, Matt Kish, Ginger Strand, Rilla Askew
THE LAST DAYS OF THE BALDOCK • An unlikely community formed when several people with nowhere else to go pulled into a highway rest stop and parked. For good.
HEART OF DARKNESS • The acclaimed illustrator has become obsessed with obsession. After finishing Moby-Dick in Pictures, he set his sights on Conrad's masterpiece.
COMPANY TOWN • A tour of Vegas brothels prompts the author to ask: How 'wild' is the Wild West, really?
RHUMBA • Snakes above the plains.
Lost & Found:
Ursula K. Le Guin, Nathan Alling Long, Emma Komlos-Hrobsky, David Varno, Aspen Matis
ON H.L. DAVIS'S Honey in the Horn • Don't dare call this overlooked masterpiece, set in Oregon, 'regional.' Them's fightin' words.
ON MARILYN HACKER'S Love, Death, and the Changing of the Seasons • This series of witty, bawdy poems reads like a novel and teaches us a great deal about love and lust.
ON ROSEMARIE WALDROP'S A Form / Of Taking / It All • In style and scope, this book offers a big 'fuck you' to constraining ideas of female domesticity.
ON JANET FRAME'S Faces in the Water • Debunking the popular romantic idea that insanity is immediately poetic.
ON JOHN MUIR'S Travels in Alaska • In the wake of a tragedy, the author made the most impulsive decision of her life: to hike the entire Pacific Coast Trail.
PERCEBES • Spain's Coast of Death is home to a recalcitrant delicacy.