on The Empathy Exams by Leslie Jamison

Leslie Jamison puts her personal anguish on display in her debut book of essays, The Empathy Exams. She doesn’t shy away from the suffering of others, either. This focus on pain may be the collection’s most obvious feature, but it …

Elizabeth Trundle is a novelist, short-story writer, and blogger. She has published her work in Prairie Schooner, the Nervous Breakdown, Statorec, Local Knowledge, and the Brooklyn Rail. As Boo Trundle she has recorded three albums, released through Caroline Records. She gathers her thoughts and other fleeting things at www.itchybanquet.com.

Stillness, Waiting

If the trout died it would not be

as motionless as it is now,

in a current a man cannot 

stand in and under which looser

stones go tumbling from their sockets.

Across its back it seems sunlight

is what’s

Robert Wrigley, Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of Idaho, lives in the high-mountain woods near Moscow. His eleventh and most recent book of poems is Box (Penguin, 2017).

Lands of Lost Borders

Tibetan Plateau

My obsession with borders was born all at once in three different countries, depending on who you ask. I was in my early twenties, biking with a friend across the parched soda plains of the Askai Chin. For …

Kate Harris is the 2012 winner of the Ellen Meloy Desert Writers Award and has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and cited as a “Notables” selection in Best American Essays. Born and raised in southwestern Ontario, she currently lives near the borders of Alaska, British Columbia, and the Yukon, in an off-grid log cabin roughly proportioned like a haiku (5’ x 7’ x 7’), from which she reports on global environmental negotiations for the International Institute for Sustainable Development. She is working on a book about cycling the Silk Road and other practical experiments in soaring.