Whitman Pinch-Hits, 1861

Primer of Words

Three Girls

Joyce Carol Oates is the author of some one hundred books in multiple genres, including the novel Little Bird of Heaven (2009), the story collection Sourland (2010), and the memoir A Widow’s Story (2011), all from Ecco. The 2010 recipient of the Ivan Sandrof Award for Lifetime Achievement of the National Book Critics Circle, Oates is the Roger S. Berlind Distinguished Professor of the Humanities at Princeton University, where she has taught since 1978. Oates’s “Ballerina” appeared in our fortieth-anniversary retrospective (Spring 1986).

—”fall among”. To come by chance into the company of; To move under the influence of gravity; especially, to drop without restraint; & —”fall back”. To give ground; recede; retreat

Loneliness

Sweetbread & Later That Day

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).

American Children & Leash

The decade the country became known throughout the world

Fuzzyland