Cover art: The Ring, by Richard Lethem, 1991. Reproduced by kind permission of the artist.
Fifty Contemporary Writers

Spring 2008

Edited by Bradford Morrow.

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Our milestone fiftieth issue features never-before-published fiction, poetry, essays, and drama by fifty of contemporary literature’s finest writers.

Peter Gizzi, Tradition & the Indivisible Talent

Edwidge Danticat, The Port-au-Prince Marriage Special

Ben Marcus, On Not Growing Up

Joyce Carol Oates, The Beating

Peter Cole, Why Does the World Out There Seem

Charles McLeod, Edge Boys

Cole Swensen, Two Poems

Sandra Cisneros, Natural Daughter

Richard Powers, Modulation

Shelley Jackson, King Cow

Charles Bernstein, Three Poems

Paul La Farge, Contact

Lyn Hejinian, A Bit of Nocturnal History

Stephen O’Connor, Man in the Moon

Julia Elliott, The Raven

Mei-mei Berssenbrugge, Animal Communication

Reginald Shepherd, Three Poems

Rick Moody, The Problem of Impairment

Edie Meidav, Beef

Rae Armantrout, Three Poems

Brian Booker, Gumbo Limbo

Martine Bellen, Two Poems Inspired by the Dreams of Emily Dickinson

Frederic Tuten, Self-Portrait with Sicily

Can Xue, Moonlight Dance

Christopher Sorrentino, The Photographer Upstairs

Joan Retallack, Archimedes’ New Light

Carole Maso, From Mother and Child

William H. Gass, The Man Who Spoke With His Hands

Bradford Morrow, From The Prague Sonatas

Rikki Ducornet, Because His Youth or The Parrot’s Spanish

Andrew Mossin, Trestle

Eduardo Galeano, Women

James Morrow, From The Philosopher’s Apprentice

Diane Williams, A Helpful Study, A Devious Storm, The Weird Directions …

Nam Le, The Boat

Donald Revell, The Rabbits

Joanna Scott, Sally Werner

Robert Kelly, From Fire Exit

Matthew Hamity, Refugees

Thalia Field, Hospice

Robert Antoni, The Historic Voyage of the Rosalind

Mary Caponegro, The Translator

Jonathan Carroll, Nothing to Declare

Rachel Blau DuPlessis, Draft 82: Hinge

Brian Evenson, Angel of Death

Valerie Martin, Secrets and Lies

Peter Orner, Aquarium of the Dead: Chicago Stories

Robert Coover, Red-Hot Ruby

John Ashbery, Some Silly Thing

Ann Lauterbach, Elegy: Or to Begin Again