Flint and Beyond – a special section on the Flint water crisis: Flint native Kelsey Ronan explores the effect on her family and Tarfia Faizullah dedicates her poem “I Told the Water” to Flint; Matthew Baker and Jack Driscoll use fiction to look at life in Michigan today.
Also in this issue: Zhanna Slor remembers her family’s last years in the USSR and Kathy Leonard Czepiel remembers Columbine—again and again.
Fiction: Matthew Baker, Chelsie Bryant, Jack Driscoll, Daniel Herwitz, Janis Hubschman, Laura Maylene Walter.
Poetry: Anna Lena Phillips Bell, Patricia Clark, Tarfia Faizullah, Jennifer Givhan, Alison Powell, Alison Stone.
Excerpts and curios from around the web:
Walt Whitman’s guide to health and better living, the grudge narratives of LIGO scientists, and Lord Byron’s apocalyptic poetry. Plus: Hulu adapts The Handmaid’s Tale for the small screen, and Catherine Nichols explores the character adaptability that makes a novel addictive: “The adaptation technique isn’t just an efficient way of telegraphing psychological depth; it hits the reader like rock n’ roll.”
“Above my desk is this line from Wallace Stevens: ‘In the world of words / Imagination is one of / The forces of nature.’ I think of the city that way—it’s a force of nature. It can enrapture you with its pulsing marquees or literally blow broken glass in your face. Where I live especially, the wind blows, and it’s either the smell of chocolate (from a nearby factory) or sewage. A stranger starts talking to you and you don’t know how to feel—you are guarded, but then you are friendly. You love this and you hate this. You are tired because it’s hard, and you feel strong because it is. And anxiety pulses beneath all of this, it (here we go with Heidegger) wakes you up to yourself, and in the very best situation, it makes you remember that you are the city.”