We begin 2013 with our first redesign in decades. Take a look, and read Ann Fabian on the sad life of pioneering herpetologist Mary Cynthia Dickerson and Zhanna Vaynberg on growing up between cultures, along with fiction by Cody Peace Adams, Kim Adrian, Morris Collins, Jen Fawkes, Stephanie Friedman, and William Kelly Woolfitt; a review of Witold Gombrowicz by Piotr Florczyk; and poetry by Marianne Boruch.
From the Desert Wars,” is a special section of startling and deeply felt poetry written by American soldiers fresh from Iraq and Afghanistan,“trying to make sense of things,” including work by Benjamin Busch, Clint Garner, Bruce Lack, Hugh Martin, and Patrick Whalen.
Tung-Hui Hu’s lyrical take on nineteenth-century life in a lighthouse off the coast of Wales, Craig McDaniel on color and perspective in Bonnard, Molly McQuade on Wim Wender’s tribute to Pina Bausch, Jeffrey Meyers on Thomas Mann in America.
Fiction by Mimi Herman, Sharona Muir, Dina Nayeri, Dalia Rosefeld, Charles Antin, Bipin Aurora, and Donald Yates.
Poetry by Angie Estes, Patricia Clark, Chris Cunningham, Sarah Messer, Nance Van Winckel, and Mark Wunderlich.
Robert Marshall on the gap between the man and the myth of the 1970s’ phenomenon Carlos Castaneda; Allison Schuette on the moment a marriage actually breaks; Amy Lee Scott on coming to terms with her Korean middle name; Francine Prose’s Hopwood Lecture on character and language, “Complimentary Toilet Paper”
Fiction by Rebecca Makkai, Aaron Hamburger,
Andrew H. Miller on Virginia Woolf, Adam Regn Arvidson on the nineteenth-century surveying of the prairie and what remains, Amy Boesky on a middle-school girl’s summer (it’s a jungle out there)
Poetry by H. L. Hix, Jack Ridl, Dennis Schmitz, Bern Mulvey, Dan Gerber, Melissa Stein, Kirun Kapur
Fiction by Gerald Shapiro, Jane Gillette, Jane E. Martin, Michael B. Yang, Elizabeth Kadetsky
Julian Levinson translates and comments on Moshe-Leyb Halpern, Derek Mong considers English as a second language, Natania Rosenfeld muses on her mother-in-law and Louise Bourgeois, Stefanie Weisman goes in search of E. B. White
Fiction by Alan Cheuse (with help – a lot of help – from Herman Melville), Bernardine Connelly, Chidalia Edochie, Peter Levine
Poetry by Nicolas Born, Victoria Chang, Moshe-Leyb Halpern, A. Van Jordan, Nick Lantz, Margaret Reges, Brian Swann, Ann Marie Thornburg
A review by Raymond McDaniel of Maggie Nelson’s The Art of Cruelty: A Reckoning