Mt. Fuji and landscape

Blue Mountains

JAMIE EDGECOMBE
A cloud passed over the sun, turning the blue surfaces of the flooded rice fields grey. It was then that he noticed the man standing on the opposite bank of the field. The Doctor thought his mind was playing tricks on him, for the landscape had been empty all afternoon.

junk pile in the woods

Backyard Alchemy

J.D. HO
On a cold April day in the Virginia mountains where we live, the sun shines, therefore I must be outside. “I’m going for the big kahuna,” I tell James as I stand at the basement door with my shovel. The big kahuna, a silly expression from my Hawaii childhood.

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August 2018 Poetry Feature: New Poems by Loren Goodman

LOREN GOODMAN
If I could only express
My feelings in the moment
Instead of hiding them
Under watered-down
Recollections of late night
Submarine movie talks
Designed to ping us
Through shark-infested loneliness…

Chandrahas Choudhury headshot

Above the Clouds: An Interview with Chandrahas Choudhury

CHANDRAHAS CHOUDHURY
Something we had in common at the beginning of the journey, and which I transferred from myself into him, was a sudden sense of freedom and pleasure in the world, and what that feeling does to your language and your mind—it makes it bubble, hum, throw off sparks and become a source of pleasure in its own right.

The busy streets of New York City.

Four Poems from New York City

SEAN SINGER
Tonight in the taxi I drove four women from a bachelorette party complete with their tiaras and feathers to another bar. Already happy, they pushed the soon-to-be-bride forward and she asked me how I thought she looked. / I was too taken aback to answer...

Abidjan to Paris

Review: Alpha: Abidjan to Paris

JULIA LICHTBLAU reviews ALPHA: ABIDJAN to PARIS
African migrants to Europe follow less familiar terrain for American readers. It’s worth starting the book by flipping to the map at the back, drawn in Barroux’s loose style, thick marker lines over wash, to grasp the distances between the way stations on the migrant’s journey.

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