on Death Stranding, created by Hideo Kojima  

“I brought you a metaphor,” quips a character named “Fragile,” as she hands Death Stranding’s protagonist, Sam Porter Bridges, a golden mask that resembles a human skull. Fragile is inheritor and chief executive of Fragile Express, a shipping company …

Maria Bose is an assistant professor of media and cultural studies at Clemson University. She is currently completing “Cinema’s Hegemony,” a study of cinema’s primacy to an unfolding phase of Asia-led global political economy, and beginning a new project on cinematic video games. She serves as treasurer on the board of the Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present.

on Virga by Shin Yu Pai

Virga, a derivation of the Latin word for “branch,” is the name for rain that dries before it touches the ground, appearing as a mass of streaks diffusing underneath a dark cloud. Shin Yu Pai’s newest collection, Virga, …

Angie Sijun Lou is a Kundiman Fellow and a PhD candidate in literature and creative writing at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Her writings have appeared in American Poetry Review, Best Small Fictions, Poetry Northwest, Kenyon Review, Fence, the Asian American Literary Review, Hyphen, The Margins, and others. She lives in Oakland, California.

on Hard Like Water by Yan Lianke, translated by Carlos Rojas

For English readers around the world, for the past decade, Yan Lianke’s novels have become integral texts that help the West reconcile China’s tumultuous past with its rise as one of the world’s modern superpowers. Lianke’s savage, fabulist satires of …

Leland Cheuk is an award-winning author of three books of fiction, most recently No Good Very Bad Asian (C&R Press, 2019). His work has been covered in Buzzfeed, The Paris Review, VICE, and elsewhere, and has appeared in publications such as NPR, the Washington Post, the San Francisco Chronicle, and Salon, among other outlets. The founder of the indie press 7.13 Books, he lives in Los Angeles. 

Global Poetics: Reactive and Relational (on Jahan Ramazani’s Poetry in a Global Age; Walt Hunter’s Forms of a World: Contemporary Poetry and the Making of Globalization; and Édouard Glissant’s Treatise on the Whole-World, translated by Celia Britton)

The emergence of the term global poetics has had a belated beginning in the Anglophone world. Only recently have scholars, most of whom were trained at the University of Virginia, used this term to place poetry within a global frame. …

Michael Berlin is a doctoral candidate at the University of California, Irvine, where he is writing his dissertation on the ode with the support of the Mellon Foundation and the Council for European Studies at Columbia University. His work has appeared in The Georgia Review and in Cultural Critique, and he is a proud member of the Community Reading Group at the Los Angeles Contemporary Archive, where he edits their periodical, Counter.

Future Fossils (with an introduction by Taylor Bradley)


What level of framing and formal manipulation is necessary that will allow the viewer to see everyday things—not just as art, but to see them at all?*



From the sprawling mass of everyday things, Lan Tuazon sees …

Lan Tuazon (b. 1976, Philippines) lives and works in Chicago, where she is an associate professor of sculpture at the School of the Art Institute in Chicago. Tuazon has exhibited internationally at the Neue Galerie in the Imperial Palace of Austria, Bucharest Biennale 4, the WKV Kunstverein in Germany, and the Lowry Museum in London. Solo exhibitions of her work include the Brooklyn Museum and Storefront of Art and Architecture in New York; Youngworld, Inc in Detroit; and Julius Caesar in Chicago. Her work has also appeared in group shows in multiple venues, including the 8th Floor Rubin Foundation, Artist Space, Canada Gallery, Sculpture Center, Apex Art, and Chicago’s Hyde Park Art Center, among others. Tuazon received her BA from the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art and her MFA from Yale University, after which she completed the Independent Study Program at the Whitney Museum of American Art. 

Burning Mountain; Garden; The Wild; Summer; Strawberries; & December Night

Victoria Chang’s latest poetry collection, OBIT (Copper Canyon Press, 2020), was named a New York Times Notable Book and a TIME Best Book of the Year. It also received the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, and the PEN/Voelcker Award, was longlisted for a National Book Award, and was named a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Griffin International Poetry Prize. Her hybrid nonfiction book, Dear Memory, was published by Milkweed Editions in 2021. She lives in Los Angeles and serves as the program chair of Antioch University’s MFA program.

Hundreds, Perhaps Thousands; Watching a Student Leader Speak, Age Ten; & The Houses Reconsolidation Built

He Xiang lived in Beijing as a child. Her poems in this issue are part of a chapbook manuscript entitled “Emperor Penguins on the Square,” which reflects on the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests on the occasion of their thirtieth anniversary. Other poems from this series have appeared in The American Poetry Review, The Arkansas International, Bennington Review, The Rumpus, Ploughshares, and Prairie Schooner, where they received the Annual Prairie Schooner Strousse Award.

The Norse King Ivar the Boneless; Diagnosis can be confirmed through DNA . . . ; Work; & Glass-Bone

Morgan Hamill is a disabled poet and graduate fellow at Penn State–University Park. In 2019, she was a poetry semifinalist for Nimrod International Journal’s Francine Ringold Awards for Emerging Writers. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Cimarron Review, Copper Nickel, Cream City Review, The Journal, and The Southern Review.

Homecoming; Molotov; Black Friday; & Open Water

Caleb Nolen completed his MFA at the University of Virginia and has received support from Blue Mountain Center and Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, where he was a work-study scholar. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in 32 Poems, FENCE, Gulf Coast, Pleiades, The Sun, and elsewhere. He lives with his wife in the Shenandoah Valley and is working on his first book.

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