Panics book cover

The Headless Man

BARBARA MOLINARD
The woman took a seat on the bench. She was wearing a little black dress and a coat that was also black, brightened up with a pale blue scarf around her neck. Long blond hair framed her rather beautiful face, which her eyes, drowned in dream, bestowed with a unique absence.

portrait of clinton peters

Where Earth Meets Sky

CLINTON CROCKETT PETERS
In the cosmology of Patrick Burke, a flat-Earth believer, humans can spoon-eat uranium flakes like Cheerios. The Hubble Space Telescope never existed, nor did dinosaurs. Hiroshima was dynamited, the Titanic sunk for insurance.

Park Bench

Translation: Poems by Juan de Dios García

JUAN DE DIOS GARCÍA
He speaks to us of Finnish lakes, of a dialect populated by birds and fruit, of high wooded hills, perpetual snow, a petroleum sky. “In the north they’re raised on melancholy,” he says, “and their dead weigh more than those from here.” He speaks of a Greek father and a war.

Mónica Gomery

Poetry as Homeland: An Interview with Mónica Gomery

MÓNICA GOMERY
I’m a person who’s generally in love with the world, but it’s a complicated love, best embodied by the Hebrew word yirah, meaning both awe and fear. The two work in tandem—it’s the feeling of being filled to the brim with both wonder and heartbreak.

image of heart on slate

Churched

JESS RICHARDS
Stained light shines on breath-less angels / who occupy a stone heaven-on-earth without living for touch / without having felt another human enfolding them against soil. / Only the winged can lift themselves so high / but freeze half-way to the clouds / locked in cold bodies, solo-flight paused.

Image of Elisa Shua Dusapin's Winter in Sokcho, a postcard of a beach on a pink background.

Friday Reads: August 2022

SOFIA BELIMOVA
Is your summer to-be-read list getting sparse? Check out these exciting reading recommendations by TC’s latest contributors, including vibrant poetry that explores identity and relation and two novels that dwell on strange encounters and liminal places. 

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