‘The lemon shark / who returns to the same mangrove-lined shallows / every year to give birth.’
‘I came home this past fall to the Chicago suburb where I’d lived with my parents from age nine until I left for college in 2008, and I moved back into my childhood bedroom.’
Red Space: Promoting a Socialist Destiny
Space posters were ‘visually stunning representations of the promises of the Soviet state’.
How to Get Over Someone You Love
‘Would you like to come with me for some / old-fashioned inconclusive combat?’
Mark Gevisser examines the personal, political and social issues of transgender identity in America.
‘No one knows why ripping up a name makes a person call – science can’t explain it. Erasing the name also works.’
The violence the retablos depict, the calamities of fate, weather, accidents or of illness, move us because they distil so powerfully what we already know all too well.
‘The road pleasantly gained and lost elevation, flood gauges in dry washes and scraggy hilltops, corners that begged for two wheels not four.’
‘Unconfirmed stories that have been retold so often they acquire the polish of truth, like the rosary beads people here carry in their pockets and pull out whenever the need for reassurance arises.’
The Family Friend
‘We’ve got a lot of family friends but Thorsten has been coming round far too often recently and I wonder whether I shouldn’t tell her that sometime.’
‘Today the Oglala Lakota live in the shadow of Wounded Knee on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.’
‘What I do not have is Everything: / how is it that I won’t bear this neediness?’
The Bees that Disappeared
‘It was during this period that I got to know K, one of the local mailmen.’
The Japanese Firefly Squid
‘nothing like an ancient corridor where a / woman is stripped of resistance.’
The Beauty of the Package
‘You can throw yourself into any fantasy, she (and her country) might have been saying, so long as you don’t mistake it for real life.’
‘I was dying to buy something, anything that would help my wife and children understand the profound surrealism and warped reality I’d experienced on my research trip to North Korea.’
‘Spinning makes all that is illusory fall away.’ Translated from the Japanese by Brian Bergstrom.
‘Certainly the tide or the dog striding along the sluff of seaweed, / this afternoon – brown, light green, black green, white and red.’
Eyes That Have Seen the Sea
‘He had just finished unpacking his rucksack, new only ten days ago and now a sodden, salty, decomposing rag, when they called him.’
How Am I Supposed to Talk to You | New Voices
‘Okay don’t sell yourself,’ said my mom, ‘sell the American dream.’
A Hand Reached Down to Guide Me
‘It took longer and longer for the next one to come, and then there wasn’t a next one.’
My Mother’s Death Party
‘When I was eleven I fell out of a tree. This is why I can see into the future.’