Number 85

spring 2014

Featuring Ben Fowlkes’s story, “You’ll Apologize If You Have To,” later selected for reprint in Best American Short Stories, poems from Terrance Hayes, Don Bogen, Esther Lee, H.L. Hix, Jamaal May, Caki Wilkinson, and work from many other outstanding writers.

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Ben Fowlkes, “You’ll Apologize If You Have To”
Kristin Inciardi, “Sbalordito
Courtney Sender, “The Laws That Divide the Day in Two”
Heather Monley, “Pan, Pan, and Pan”
Martin Cloutier, “Running the Room
Christa Romanosky, “MHTYHR”


Andrew Johnson, “Perhaps One Day This Will All Make Sense,” “Hypothetical Conversation,” “Tangled Up”
Mark Cox, “I Love You, Boy,” “Beacause I Said So,” “Above All Else”
Peter Selgin, “The Building”


Jenny Xie, “Uneven”
Don Bogen, “Eye Song”
Terrance Hayes, “Self-Portrait as the Mind of a Camera
Kit Frick, “Arroyo,” “Avalanche Wind”
Natasha Sajé, “Sluice Pool Turn,” “Vanessa Redgrave Marries Franco Nero after Forty Years”
Kevin Phan, “Glitter-Brained,” “Swarm”
Molly Brodak, “Asphyxiation”
Keith Ekiss, “Projection”
Esther Lee, “That Which Is Not Paper,” “The Nature of Surveys”
Kristin Bock, “My Father’s Paint-box”
Jamaal May, “The Spirit Names of Stolen Books,” “Against Against”
Anne Shaw, “Outage”
Brandon Krieg, “Havening”
Taisia Kitaiskaia, “Carnival”
Rober Fernandez, “Burn Pits”
C.J. Sage, “Melt”
Jennifer Perrine, “Patience | Wrath,” “The Blessed Girl, after Her Visions and Vows”
Ed Madden, “Thirst”
Doug Ramspeck, “Glass Alchemy,” “Bildungsroman”
H.L. Hix, “We don’t get to choose what we remember.”
Shara McCallum, “The Parable of Johncrow,” “The Parable of Shit and Flowers”
Tom Daley, “Aphorisms for Lapsed Catholics”
Heather Dubrow, “Skyscraper Plots: A Poem in the Georgic Tradition
Caki Wilkinson, “Nepenthe,” “Suppositions for Skeptics”
Phillip Metres, “When You Meet the Roma at the River,” “Dear Lattice of Peasant Ribs”
Davis McCombs, “Freshwater Drum”
Lisa Fay Coutley, “Cloud Experiment”
Kimberly Johnson, “Technique,” “Farthingale”
Rebecca Hazelton, “No Boundaries,” “Neverland,” “The Navigation of Objects in a Dark Room”


Julyan Davis, What Makes you sleep so sound? (Darling Corey). Oil on canvas. 48″ x 48″.