Dancing in 4/4 Time

MAX ROSS
Among the snowy houses, a small woman in a white wool coat shoveled a path from the street to her front door. Meanwhile snow was falling, gathering slowly on the path being cleared, and on the small woman shoveling.

Meandering Zone

RACHEL PASTAN
We are barreling north out of Salt Lake City, and David is talking about the clouds. “They don’t look like the clouds in the East,” he says. “They’re uniform, but fuzzy.” Out the window, the topaz sky shimmers over the mountains.

May 2017 Poetry Feature

GERRY LaFEMINA
Giant shadows of wind, the semis blow by, / bemoaning lost mileage; the drivers / on that mad combination of caffeine, adrenaline, / & speed. The skyline something crossed out— / not a bad word, necessarily, but a right phrase.

Oddny Eir

The Female Writer is Political: an Interview with Oddný Eir

MELODY NIXON
I studied in the academy for many years, and there you cannot allow yourself to write in a spontaneous way. For me that was an interesting restraint. I had some conflict between my need for spontaneity and this heavy, troubled way of writing: always thinking of the other that will criticize you.

Herd of goats under a tree

Translation

DEMETRI RAFTOPOULOS
From Niko’s balcony, we see a legion of olive trees protecting the Kleftoyiannis mountain. Today they are calm. Like the sea in the distance, an ironed light blue bed sheet.

Guesswork

Friday Reads: May 2017

For May's Friday Reads, we tapped a few Issue 13 contributors to find out what they're reading. Their recommendations are diverse and complicated, dealing with hefty subjects—from mourning and the fear of death to geological history. If you haven't read their works in Issue 13, it's time to get started.

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