Cover art: The Abraham Pixler Family, c. 1815. Gift of Edgar William and Bernice Chrysler Garbisch, 1966 (66.242.3). Watercolor, pen and iron gall ink, and gouache on off-white laid paper, 10 x 8 in. (25.4 x 20.3 cm). Image copyright © The Metropolitan Museum of Art / Art Resource, NY.

Fall 2011

Edited by Bradford Morrow.

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Our ancestors, our parents, our siblings, our spouses, our children, our children’s children. Family trees, pedigrees. Forebears, descendants. Nothing is more familiar, nothing more ineffable than the emotional prism, the blood knot that constitutes family. This special issue explores the intricacies of family ties and the labyrinthine nature of kinship.

Karen Russell, A Family Restaurant

Sallie Tisdale, Falling

Rick Moody, Rapid Transit

Rae Armantrout, Two Poems

Karen Hays, 32 Lemmas

Robert Clark, Scott and Ben

Noy Holland, Swim for the Little One First

Octavio Paz, Interrupted Elegy, translated by Eliot Weinberger

Sarah Blackman, Mother Box

Ann Beattie, The Clouds, The Apples, Their Lives

Clark Knowles, Charlie Moon’s Last Performance

Peter Orner, Shhhhhh, Arthur’s Studying

Rachel Tzvia Back, Lamentations

Joyce Carol Oates, Defeat

Miranda Mellis, From The Spokes

Robert Kelly, Father & Sons

Aurelie Sheehan, The Secondary Confessions

A D Jameson, You’ll Be Sorry

Andrew Mossin, Through the Rivers

Can Xue, Sin, translated by Karen Gernant and Chen Zeping

Micaela Morrissette, Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité, ou la Mort

Andrew R. Touhy, Four Stories

Diane Greco Josefowicz, The Dwindling

Georges-Olivier Châteaureynaud, Buddy, translated by Edward Gauvin

Gracie Leavitt, Four Poems from Fifth-Grade Ophelia

Christie Hodgen, Fathers in Their Old Age: A Primer

Scott Geiger, Quality of Life in Switzerland

Elizabeth Hand, Uncle Lou