Out of Nothingness; Harakiri; Treatise on Passion and Adulation; & Water Riddle, translated from the Arabic by Thoraya El-Rayyes

 

Harakiri

Yukio Mishima, why did you kill yourself like that? Why did you slowly plunge the sword into your insides and turn it? Why did you sit breathing in your slow death, watching your blood drain onto the floor—without …

Hisham Bustani is an award-winning Jordanian author of five collections of short fiction and poetry. His work has been translated into several languages and appeared in many journals, such as the Kenyon Review, Black Warrior Review, The Poetry Review, Modern Poetry in Translation, and the Los Angeles Review of Books Quarterly. His fiction has been collected in The Best Asian Short Stories, The Ordinary Chaos of Being Human: Tales from Many Muslim Worlds, and The Radiance of the Short Story: Fiction from Around the Globe, among other anthologies. Bustani has received the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Fellowship for Artists and Writers and is the Arabic fiction editor of the Amherst College–based literary review The Common.

Ashes and Quartz; What I Should Have Told the Hypnotist; CBD Dream on 9/11; & Percocet Dream after Root-Canal Surgery

Henry Hart has published four books of poetry, including his most recent, Familiar Ghosts (Orchises Press, 2014). His poems and essays have appeared in journals such as The New Yorker, the Southern Review, the Yale Review, the Sewanee Review, and the Kenyon Review. His biography James Dickey: The World as a Lie (Picador, 2000) was runner-up for a Southern Book Critics Circle Award. Wiley-Blackwell published his biography The Life of Robert Frost in 2017, and he has published critical books on Seamus Heaney, Robert Lowell, and Geoffrey Hill. He is currently the Hickman Professor of Humanities at the College of William and Mary and poet laureate of Virginia.

Achilles; On Being Thrown from a Horse at 49; & Verge


Verge

Sanctuary of Artemis at Brauron
A prayer for daughters, for Myrto and Atalanta
τάς τε κόρας, Λιμνᾶτι, κόρᾳ κόρα, ὡς ἐπιεικές

 

Day-trip from Athens, on a day
Too fine for anyone to stay

Within the walls—and so we …

A. E. Stallings studied classics at the University of Georgia in Athens, and now lives in Athens, Greece. Like (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2018), her latest collection of poems, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. She has also recently published verse translations of Hesiod’s Works and Days (Penguin Classics, 2018), and the pseudo-Homeric Battle Between the Frogs and the Mice (Paul Dry Books, 2019). In November 2019, she was inducted into the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame.

Confidants

Don Lee is the author of the novels Lonesome Lies Before Us (2017), The Collective (2012), Wrack and Ruin (2008), and Country of Origin (2004), and the story collection Yellow (2001), all published by W. W. Norton. He has received an American Book Award, the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature, the Edgar Award for Best First Novel, and the Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction. He teaches in the MFA program in creative writing at Temple University.

Cambridge People

Grace was walking home from a work dinner when she saw the listing. The apartment she had been renting for the last three years had just been put up for sale and now, in the window of one of the …

Laura van den Berg is the author of two story collections and the novels Find Me (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2015) and The Third Hotel (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2018), which was a finalist for the New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award. She is the recipient of the Rosenthal Family Foundation Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Bard Fiction Prize, and a PEN/O. Henry Award, and a two-time finalist for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award. Her third collection of stories, I Hold a Wolf by the Ears is forthcoming this summer from Farrar, Straus & Giroux.

Almost an Airman

That satisfied public radio monotone draped me, a droning net, middlebrow and thickly self-congratulatory. I steered the Volkswagen over the culvert, splashed into the creek. It was rain-swollen, fast. I waded out and tried to hail a cab. None came, …

Ben Segal is the author of Pool Party Trap Loop (Queen’s Ferry Press, 2015), co-author of The Wes Letters (Outpost 19, 2014), and co-editor of The Official Catalog of the Library of Potential Literature (Lit Pub Books, 2011). His short fiction has been published by Tin House, The Collagist, Tarpaulin Sky, and Puerto del Sol, among other journals. He currently lives in Los Angeles.

Playing Minimalism: Arvo Pärt, Sacred Sound, and Several Different Keyboards

Matthew Schwager is a designer and writer living in Bozeman, Montana.

Octopus

Aimee Nezhukumatathil is the author of four books of poetry, most recently, Oceanic (Copper Canyon Press, 2018). She was recently named a 2020 Guggenheim Fellow. Her writing appears in Poetry, The New York Times Magazine, ESPN, and Tin House. Her book of illustrated nature essays is forthcoming with Milkweed Editions. She serves as poetry faculty for the Writing Workshops in Greece and is professor of English and creative writing in the University of Mississippi’s MFA program.

On My Therapist, Late in This Life

I’ve come to believe, after having written some myself, that every book worth half of what it’s printed on is about the true and vulgar ruination of a life. Tolstoy told me so and so did my therapist, a tall, …

Garrett Hongo was born in Volcano, Hawai‘i, and grew up on the North Shore of O‘ahu and in Los Angeles. His most recent books are The Mirror Diary: Selected Essays (University of Michigan Press, 2017) and Coral Road: Poems (Knopf, 2013). Currently, he’s at work on two books, The Ocean of Clouds (poems) and The Perfect Sound: An Autobiography in Stereo (nonfiction). He teaches at the University of Oregon, where he is Distinguished Professor of Arts and Sciences.