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Winter 2012

Kiss My Annulus

  Ringing phones start too many stories. Take this one for example. When it rings right at the mouth, we are forced to consider others that open this way – those crime novels, that translation, some classic, a romance, the paperback. And we wonder how to react to it happening again, here. Ring, ring. Are […]

The Extra Knot

It was me screaming in the reflection of Dr. Maxwell’s sunglasses saying “the kids! the knot! the rope!” and pulling on his sleeve trying to explain what he already knew- that there was an extra knot-

The Tarbouche Maker

When they entered they were not sure it was the right alley. They looked up to see scraps of sky between old dark beams like the ribs of a boat. Maybe it was covered once. “Do you think this is it?” he asked. “I don’t know. I’m completely turned around.” They walked a few hesitant […]

The Self-Avoidant Biographer

A Book of Secrets: Illegitimate Daughters, Absent Fathers by Michael Holroyd 2011 Farrar, Straus & Giroux

A Poetic Guidebook to Prague

From a Terrace in Prague: A Prague Poetry Anthology Edited by Stephan Delbos Litteraria Pragensia Books 2011

To Boldly Go

Tales of the New World Sabina Murray Black Cat 2011   On the face of it, Sabina Murray’s latest collection of tales appears to take up where her PEN/Faulkner Award-winning collection, The Caprices, left off.  Those were tough-edged, yet humane, stories embedded in the Pacific conflicts of World War II.  The final story in that […]

Harnessing Darkness

Other Heartbreaks Patricia Henley Engine Books 2011   The stories in Other Heartbreaks by Patricia Henley will change you. Now the thin girl who passes you coming out of a gas station restroom—you’ll notice the gray smudges under her eyes. Your own secrets—the ones folded twice or three times inside you that crop up when […]

Tom Waits Talks

Tom Waits on Tom Waits: Interviews and Encounters Edited by Paul Maher, Jr. Chicago Review Press 2011

A Novel of Moments

Greasewood Creek by Pamela Steele Counterpoint 2011 In her debut novel, Greasewood Creek, Pamela Steele draws heavily from the elements of poetry even as she weaves an emotionally complex story. The short chapters feel like stanzas. The phrases and descriptions linger with the reader, and invite repeated readings. The structure is spare and delicate: time […]