Nanjing landscape

Nanjing Blues

CALEB COY
Nanjing, the furnace of the Yangtse, is a city so big it swallows. I can stroll through the streets and brush by anyone, but a weight presses on me like a singular, enveloping fog that never leaves. Men gather outside my apartment building and smoke in the afternoon.

At the Edge of the World

JEANNIE MARSHALL
I noticed smaller details such as Michelangelo’s delight in painting muscular legs. I saw the softness of the feet, of the toes in particular... Suddenly, I couldn’t believe all the toes Michelangelo had painted and how that made this story a tale of humanity as much as divinity.

Tesserae Flyer

Tesserae Poetry Feature: Part Two

LESLIE MARIE AGUILAR
Half past eleven & the desert shoulders a sequence of stars for the eighth year in a row. Maia. Electra. Alcyone. Taygete. I call each saddled sister by name. Asterope. Celaeno. Merope. Imagine what it must be like to be illuminated. Stitched into an unraveling tapestry.

tree in Philadelphia

Scratching Beneath Divinity

HONOR MCELROY
This is a hopeless place for trapped people, meant to curb the anxiety about the most unnatural of journeys.

Oceanic

Friday Reads: March 2018

Curated by SARAH WHELAN
Friday Reads is like a box of chocolates: there's something for everyone, even the weirdos who read scripts! This month, sample an autobiographical novel, a collection of love poems, and a modernist play.

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