November 13th, 2013


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"The Common Statement" by Jennifer Acker


"from Dust" by Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor

"Mischief" by Megan Staffel

"Blue Mountains" by Jamie Edgecombe

"They Called It Shooting Then" by Tyler Sage

"Meetings" by Helen Hooper

"Freefall in a Shattered Mirror" by Hisham Bustani


"Peaks and Valleys: Klaksvik City Center, Faroe Islands" by Lateral Office with Luis Callejas (Introduction by Scott Geiger)

"The Art Palace of the West" by Esther Bell


"Boys with a Synth" by Benjamin Anastas

"Well-Armed" by Rowan Gerety Moore

"Geology Primer (Forgo, Cape Verde)" by Eleanor Stanford

"Big Not-So-Bad Wolves" by Leigh Newman


"After the USSR (Three Russian Poets)" by Catherine Ciepiela

"The Act of Darkness" by Polina Barskova

"the superior sun will never move" by Anna Glazova

"thread your fingers through whole hinges" by Anna Glazova

"The Zoo" by Maria Stepanova

"Seeing in the Dark" by Ron Welburn

"When You Know a Hard Sky" by Ron Welburn

"Models & Marie Antoinette: Two Escapes" by Maria Terrone

"Alternate Charles Ramsey" by Reginald Dwayne Betts

"The Nature of a Hedge" by Paula Bohince

"Cross-Fertilization" by Jeffrey Harrison

"A Drink of Water" by Jefrey Harrison

"Labyrinth 75" by Oliver de la Paz

"Labyrinth 76" by Oliver de la Paz

"Mayhem" by Brendan Galvin

"Love Poem with Elizabeth Bishop (Great Village, Nova Scotia)" by Denise Duhamel

"Kraft" by L. S. Klatt

"Apple" by L. S. Klatt

"O" by Peter Filkins

"How Strange, How Sweet" by Joshua Mehigan

"Believe It" by Joshua Mehigan

"Arab Springs" by Andrea Scott

"Aphrodite" by David Gavin

"Error Upon Me Proved" by William Wenthe




May 10th, 2013


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"The Common Statement" by Jennifer Acker


"High Heels" by Terese Svoboda

"Justice" by Lee Johnson

"Maygold" by Virginia Reeves

"Lukas and Elsa" by Earle McCartney

"Forgetfulness" by Norman Lock

"Race Fever" by Amy Brill

"Brushfire" by Anne Swärd


"Sensory Maps" by Kate McLean, Introduction by Amy Sande-Friedman

"The Four Times of Day" by William Hogarth, Introduction by Amy Sande-Friedman


"Koala" by Claire Messud

"The Obstinate Image" by Karen Latuchie

"Saying Yes to the Mountain" by E.A. Farro

"Vincent's Final Days" by Gregory Curtis


"Monhegan" by Peggy O'Brien

"Snow as Versions of Different Things" by Jon Thompson

"Borderlands, or Where is the Source of Corruption?" by Jon Thompson

"If I Should Tell You" by Beryten Breytenbach

"White Mountain" by Breyten Breytenbach

"Of Yellow Cellophane and Funerals" by Ian Maclellan

"Original Sin" by Lawrence Raab

"The Major Subjects" by Lawrence Raab

"The Mortality of Books" by Lawrence Raab

"They That Died in the Water, The Maidens Washed Their Bodies" by Jordana Rosenberg

"Booming, Spring Shoves Open the Door" by Mo Fei

"A Couple" Yang Jian

"[What They Were Building...]" by Cate McLaughlin

"The Bronze Décor" by David Lehman

"Remember the Typewriter" by David Lehman

"Mother Died Today" by David Lehman

"Piss Pot Comparisons" by Cralan Kelder

"Untitled" by Giampiero Neri

"Untitled" by Giampiero Neri

"Untitled" by Giampiero Neri

"Dear Darkness" by Alexei Tsvetkov

"August" by Alexei Tsvetkov

"Ode to the Coastal Flowers/Oda a las flores de la costa" by Pablo Neruda

"Ode to My Father" by Denise Duhamel

"Meditation on a Ficus Tree" by Denise Duhamel


October 1st, 2012

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Cover design by Gabriele Wilson and Rodrigo Corral.




"The Common Statement" by Jennifer Acker

Poetry: A Selection of Contemporary South African Poetry

"Introduction" by Kelwyn Sole

"Why I Am Not an Engineer" by Robert Berold

"The Light" by Robert Berold

"Poet's Report to FIFA" by Angifi Proctor Dladla

"Today I Do Not Love My Country" by Ingrid de Kok

"Histoplasmosis: A Guide's Instructions at the Cave" by Ingrid de Kok

"Shards" by Ingrid de Kok

"Tin Roof" by Kelwyn Sole

"What the Sea Brings" by Kelwyn Sole

"Allahabad" by Ari Sitas

"A Message Comes In" by Yvette Christiansë

"The Secret Lives of Maps" by Yvette Christiansë

"Fernão the Gardener Has Premonitions" by Yvette Christiansë

"Photographing the Building is Forbidden Until the War is Over" by Karen Press

"Thank You Lee Smolin, Thank You Mr Leibniz" by Karen Press

"Farting Knees II: Talking to My Lover" by Makhosazana Xaba

"The Window" by Makhosazana Xaba

"Widowhood in the Dementia Ward" by Finuala Dowling

"Brief Fling in the Dementia Ward" by Finuala Dowling

"Odd One Out in the Dementia Ward" by Finuala Dowling

"How I knew It Wasn't Me" by Finuala Dowling

"He Pleaded Ignorance" by Kobus Moolman

"Hunger" by Kobus Moolman

"The Wrist" by Kobus Moolman

"If Only the Tswanas Could Dance" by Lesego Rampolokeng

"12 Anxieties for April 12th" by Liesl Jobson

"What I Should Have Worn at My Wedding" by Liesl Jobson

"This is the Sea" by Rustum Kozain

"Fog" by Rustum Kozain

"City" by Mxolisi Nyezwa

"San People" by Mxolisi Nyezwa

"New Country" by Mxolisi Nyezwa

"From Malikhanye" by Mxolisi Nyezwa

"My Intimate" by Gabeba Baderoon

"Axis and Revolution" by Gabeba Baderoon

"Remembering S-21, Cambodia" by Fiona Zerbst

"Volcanic" by Fiona Zerbst

"Enough of an Interruption" by Alan Finlay

"V.A Haunted House" by Khulile Nxumalo

"Suspension" by Malika Ndlovu

"Alive" by Malika Ndlovu

"Next Year I Want to Run the Comrades Marathon" by Vonani Bila

"Mandela at 91" by Vonani Bila

"The Body" by Haidee Kruger

"Writer" by Haidee Kruger

"The Other One" by Nadine Botha

"Portrait of Our Death" by Katharine Kilalea

"A Perfect Love" by Katharine Kilalea

"The Way Birds Stand" by Katharine Kilalea

"The Archivist" by Genna Gardini


"Portraits of Land and Sea" by Amy Sande-Friedman, Bartow + Metzgar, and Peter Matthews


"A Place in the Sun" by Jennifer Haigh

"Doleo Ergo Sum" by Robert Earle

"The Idea of Marcel" by Marie-Helene Bertino

"Escapement" by Sunetra Gupta


"The Poet in Rome: Richard Wilbur in Postwar Italy" by Robert Bagg

"The Land Up North" by Nicola Waldron