The Years Between & The Waking Reverie

Floyd Collins earned his MFA and PhD at the University of Arkansas. A book of critical essays on poetry, The Living Artifact, is forthcoming from Stephen F. Austin University Press in spring 2021. The Teresa Poems will appear from Somondoco Press in fall 2021. His poetry and critical prose appear regularly with The Arkansas Review, The Georgia Review, The Gettysburg Review, and The Kenyon Review.

A Shop. I Like Shops. ; Home2Suites; Men at Work; & I Will Remember Massachusetts

Heather Christle is the author of four poetry collections: Heliopause (Wesleyan University Press, 2015), What Is Amazing (Wesleyan University Press, 2012), The Trees The Trees (Octopus Books, 2011), and The Difficult Farm (Octopus Books, 2009). Her first work of nonfiction, The Crying Book (Catapult, 2019), has appeared in many languages worldwide. In 2020, it was adapted for radio as the BBC’s Book of the Week and honored as a Georgia Book of the Year for Memoir. Christle is an assistant professor in the creative writing program at Emory University.

The Visitation of God; The Leaf Blower among the Swimming Pool Lights; Egg; & In Praise of Disquiet

 

In Praise of Disquiet

The years are fine with dust that settles in the eyes.
The stars are bound to gods from abandoned temples.
By night you fear the abdication of the sun.
By day you wear the light …

David Woo is the author of Divine Fire (Georgia Review Books/ University of Georgia Press, 2021) and The Eclipses (BOA Editions, 2005). His work has appeared in The New YorkerThe Threepenny ReviewThe New RepublicThe Asian American Literary ReviewLiterary Imagination, and other journals and anthologies. He lives in Phoenix, Arizona.

[the tree remembers]; [here the contours]; [don’t change your name]; [and so mother]; [the space of a length of time]; & [here’s where the source of origins], translated from the French by Nancy Naomi Carlson

Translated from the French by Nancy Naomi Carlson

 

[the tree remembers]

 

the tree remembers
this legend

a grave
a cross
and a cloud of silence
since 

 

 

l’arbre se souvient
de cette légende

une tombe
une croix…

Alain Mabanckou is considered one of Francophone Africa’s most prolific contemporary writers. A novelist, essayist, and poet, Mabanckou was born in what is now called Congo-Brazzaville, and his work has garnered a multitude of awards, including the prestigious Grand Prix de Littérature from the Académie Française. Twice a finalist for the Man Booker International Prize, he lives in Los Angeles, where he teaches literature at the University of California—Los Angeles. When he isn’t teaching, he divides his time between France and traveling the globe. This selection of translated poems comes from As Long as Trees Take Root in the Earth and Other Poems, forthcoming from Seagull Books in fall 2021.

First Aid

I have probably failed as a father, thinks Marshall, as he pumps gas and watches through the windshield as his daughter sucks on a cigarette while apparently thinking herself out of sight.

How did she get so good at …

T Cooper is a novelist, film and television writer, journalist, and filmmaker. He is the author of nine books, including the bestselling novels The Beaufort Diaries (Melville House, 2010) and Lipshitz Six, or Two Angry Blondes (Penguin, 2006), as well as the nonfiction Real Man Adventures (McSweeney’s, 2012). Cooper’s feature documentary Man Made (Journeyman Pictures, 2019) streams on Amazon; his shorter writing has appeared in a variety of publications, including The New Yorker, Harper’s, Mother Jones, the New York Times, The Believer, Bomb, The Guardian, and Esquire, among others. Cooper is currently an assistant professor of English and creative writing at Emory University in Atlanta.

The Burn

C. M. Lindley is a writer from northern California. Her work can be found or is forthcoming in Popshot Quarterly, Meridian, Jabberwock Review, and elsewhere. She is currently an MFA student at Cornell University.

The Night Market

Jean Chen Ho, a writer and PhD candidate in literature and creative writing at the University of Southern California, is the author of the forthcoming Fiona and Jane (Viking, 2021), a linked short-story collection.

A Dreamlike Song, translated from the Chinese by Michael Day

Zhu Hui was born in Jiangsu, China. He is editor-in-chief of the journal Yu hua and author of four novels and more than eighty short stories. His awards include the Wang Zengqi Award and the 2018 Lu Xun Literary Prize, China’s most prestigious literary award.

The Cities Dissolve, and the Earth Is a Cart

Aya Osuga A. was born in Japan and raised in Los Angeles. She received a degree in computer science from Yale University while also completing coursework in fiction writing. Her work has appeared in McSweeney’s and Michigan Quarterly Review and was awarded a Lawrence Foundation Prize in 2020. After a decade in finance, she relocated to a Panamanian beach town, where she runs a small school and resides with her husband and children.