Desiree Des, Subway Wall, 2013. Digital photograph from the series Avoiding the Self-Portraits. © Desiree Des 2015; all rights reserved by the artist.
Sleights of Hand
Edited by Bradford Morrow.
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People of every age and stripe dissimulate, bluff, and beguile, whether in order to harm or protect. The writer, the artist, the magician, the thief—deceivers all. Animals, too, are masters of deceit. Even the orchid employs a wonderfully varied arsenal of pollinator deceptions, luring bees and wasps with a false promise of nourishment or sex. And consider Marina Tsvetaeva, who appropriated from Pushkin the observation that “a deception that elevates us is dearer than a legion of low truths,” thus complicating the subject entirely. This special issue of Conjunctions gathers a wide spectrum of essays, fiction, and poetry on the classic subject of deception, exploring a world in which truth is a most fragile, elaborate, and mercurial thing.
James Morrow, Tactics of the Wraith
Laura van den Berg, Aftermath
Bin Ramke, Five Poems
Porochista Khakpour, Something with Everything
Rae Armantrout, Six Poems
Gabriel Blackwell, La tortue or The Tortoise
Susan Daitch, Piracy, Chemistry, and Mappa Mundi
Can Xue, Story of the Slums, translated by Karen Gernant and Chen Zeping
Michael Martin Shea, From The Immanent Field
Joyce Carol Oates, Walking Wounded
Arielle Greenberg, Seven Pieces on Deception, the Whore, and Anderson, IN
Margaret Fisher, A Monologue Addressed to the Madame’s Cicisbeo
Edie Meidav, Blind in Granada, or, Romance [and hear the audio]
Eleni Sikelianos, Six Poems
Gwyneth Merner, Wounded Room
Michael Sheehan, September
Andrew Mossin, From A Book of Spells
Terese Svoboda, Curtain Call
Yannick Murphy, Caesar’s Show
Magdalena Zyzak, Zeroes
Paul West, The Admiral
Paul Hoover, The Likenesses
Aurelie Sheehan, From Once into the Night
Peter Straub and Anthony Discenza, Beyond the Veil of Vision: Reinhold von Kreitz and the Das Beben Movement