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From Where the Dead Sit Talking

BRANDON HOBSON
 I have been unhappy for many years now. I have seen in the faces of young people walking down the street a resemblance to people who died during my childhood. The period in my life of which I am about to tell involves a late night in the winter of 1989, when I was fifteen years old.

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Seeking Warmth, Among Other Things

ELIZABETH WITTE
Even in the raw of winter, the succulent house will be hot and dry. The air in the palm house will be thick. These alternating glass houses of desert, forest, floral exotica—carnivorous pitcher plants and living stones—will be a refuge when New England is in February...

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January 2019 Poetry Feature

MATTHEW GELLMAN
It was like a woman throwing off / her shawl at the end of an evening. / The way it dressed itself in moonlight. / The way it planted itself on the sill. / Settling against the glass, its head shook… / And each of its green muscles ticked / even closer to the end of its slenderest life.

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Stingray

Kasia van Schaik
Everyone wears white here. Girls with white dogs in their arms rush towards the water. Women smear white ointments across the backs of their knees. Swimmers crouch over white caps.

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LitFest Friday Reads: February 2019

STAFF PICKS
TC staff and interns are busily reading in anticipation of LitFest, so we're recommending new work by the National Book Award finalists, Pulitzer Prize winners, and NYT's bestsellers who will be visiting us in Amherst soon.

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