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Contents: Issue 9: Spring 2014


Essays and Creative Nonfiction

David Axelrod Boxing Lessons
John Griswold I Didn’t Know
Thomas E. Kennedy A Portrait of a Consciousness Starving to Express Itself: Knut Hamsen’s Hunger
Roisin McLean The “Sandie Five”
Alan Press My Amazing High School 50th Graduation Anniversary Reunion


Featured Author: Fiction

Lance Olsen Theories of Forgetting: A Novel After Robert Smithson
[Excerpt + Reviews + More]


Featured Author: Nonfiction

John Griswold Pirates You Don’t Know And Other Adventures in the Examined Life: Collected Essays
[Excerpt + More]


Featured Links

Link-lists that appear in the blue column at right change in each issue. (Note: All out-links open in a new window.) Links below are featured for Spring 2014:

Steve Davenport “The Sunday Rumpus Interview: Tim Parrish”

[Parrish is the author of Red Stick Men, a collection of short fiction, and Fear and What Follows: The Violent Education of a Christian Racist, A Memoir, which Davenport calls “as brave and chilling a confession and Bible lesson as you’ll read this year or next decade probably” (16 February 2014).]
Walter Gibbs “Norwegian Nobel Laureate, Once Shunned, Is Now Celebrated”

[New York Times article about Norwegian novelist Knut Hamsun, author of the reknowned novel Hunger, who was notorious for his spectacular wartime betrayal of his country by supporting the Nazis; he even gave his Nobel Prize in Literature (1920) as a gift to Nazi propaganda minister, Joseph Goebbels.]
Nick Kimbro and Rachel Levy “Architectures of Possibility: An Interview with Lance Olsen”

[Kimbro and Levy talk with Olsen about his book, Architectures of Possibility: After Innovative Writing (written in collaboration with Trevor Dodge), which asks, among other things: “What does it mean to be an author in the 21st century?” HTMLGIANT (“Author Spotlight,” 9 April 2012).]
Maria Popova Alice in Quantumland: A Charming Illustrated Allegory of Quantum Mechanics by a CERN Physicist”

“Besides the clever concept, two things make the book especially remarkable: It flies in the face of gender stereotypes with a female protagonist who sets out to make sense of some of the most intense science of all time, and it features [Robert] Gilmore’s own magnificent illustrations for a perfect intersection of art and science, true to recent research indicating that history’s most successful scientists also dabbled in the arts.”

—From Brain Pickings (30 January 2014)
Becky Tuch “Flash Fiction: What’s It All About?”

[Publishing tips by the Founding Editor of The Review Review

“Flash isn’t a fad, it’s an art; and while I hope people can have fun with it, its pursuit should still be taken seriously.”

—Tara Masih, editor of Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Writing Flash Fiction]


Featured Sites

We’ve added three new links to our list of noteworthy sites (which resides in the blue column at right). (Note: All out-links open in a new window.)

New for Spring 2014: Brain Pickings

Referential Magazine

Web del Sol’s World Voices, An International Chapbook Series of Prose and Poetry


Flash Fiction

David Bowen Shibboleth
Paul Crenshaw Career Day
Clare MacQueen Dog Days
John Edgar Wideman Witness



Derek Alger [A Conversation with] Lance Olsen



Ken Kuhlken Question People Versus Answer People



Frances Payne Adler Battle [+ Photograph]
◊; Camera [+ Photograph]
Evolution [+ Photograph]
Deborah Harding Allbritain Lilly
Ellen Bass At The Padre Hotel in Bakersfield, California
Pray for Peace
Waiting for Rain
Hugh Behm-Steinberg The Trap
Rebecca Chamaa When Dinner Bleeds
Karen Douglass Living Together Alone
Making Sackcloth
Dan Gilmore Consternation
Good Kitty
Helene Simkin Jara 19 Surprising Things Men Have Said to Me
Sylvia Levinson The Newt in the Bathroom
Lou Lipsitz Braille
Gregory Corso, 1930-2001
Have A ____ Day
Seretta Martin The Beekeeper’s Story
Barry North Collateral Damage
Suzanne O’Connell One in a Million
The Bears
The Big Winner
Andrea Potos Abundance to Share with the Birds
When People Ask Me: How Can a Poet Like Football?
Judy Reeves Skin
The Geography of Home
This is How Lonesome Feels
Lynda Riese The Pruning
Ann Robinson In a Bolinas Pasture
Jalal al-din Rumi See Translations below
Ron Salisbury Entre Chien et Loup
Not the First
Severance Pay
Georg Trakl See Translations below
Abigail Warren The Little Beauties
Helen Wickes I’d Have Liked Some Dinner
Terence Winch Annual Report
Mission Statement
Social Security
Jeffrey Zable Bill
Mr. Losada


Poets Talk

Dr. Ali Arsanjani Commentary on “I’ve Come Again”
[Rumi’s Ode 1390]



Duff Brenna Three Books by Lance Olsen:
10:01 [a novel as film]
Nietzsche’s Kisses
Anxious Pleasures: A Novel After Kafka
Michael McLane On Being and Maintaining the Ephemeral:
Lance Olsen’s Theories of Forgetting
Dennis Otte See Translations below


Short Stories

Tom Andes Sylvie
Cécile Barlier Wednesdays of the Japanese Wave
Arthur Davis Angeline
Phyllis Green Lake Jewel
Thomas E. Kennedy I Am a Slave to the Nudity of Women
Ben Leib Those Lonely, Lonely Nights
Adam “Bucho” Rodenberger The Department
Lisa A. Sturm The Plague of Gingy



Jalal al-din Rumi I’ve Come Again
Ode 1390 from “The Book of Shams”
[A poem translated from Farsi by Dr. Ali Arsanjani + his Commentary]
Dennis Otte Dan Turèll+Halfdan E Meets Thomas E. Kennedy:

[Translated from the Danish by Thomas E. Kennedy]
Georg Trakl Transfigured Autumn
[A poem translated from German by Okla Elliott]
[A poem translated from German by Okla Elliott]


Visual Arts

Frances Payne Adler South Hebron Hills, West Bank
[Photograph + Poem]
Kira Carrillo Corser Whose Army, Whose Children
Michal Fattal Sundus Al-Azzeh, Hebron/Al-Khalil, West Bank
Peter Najarian Gatz
[Sketch of novelist William Hjortsberg]
Painting the Model
[Four Paintings + Artist’s Commentary]
Arthur Pinajian See Painting the Model
Kelley M. Smith [Portrait of Spaniel]
[Pen-and-ink drawing]
Untitled [Mask]
[Watercolor illustration]
“...we have been born here to witness and celebrate. We wonder at our purpose for living. Our purpose
is to perceive the fantastic. Why have a universe if there is no audience?” — Ray Bradbury