Born Naked

Born Naked

The first time I met my husband, he was wearing a single-breasted, peacock-blue suit made of silk. In the khaki and navy blazer culture that was Washington, D.C. at the time, Mario stood out. With his continental name, olive skin, and sartorial flair, many assumed he was Italian. That people were surprised to discover he was Mexican said less about him than it did about their preconceptions, some of which I shared. This was before I’d moved to Mexico, before I’d read The Labyrinth of Solitude, in which Octavio Paz says of the zoot-suit wearing pachuco: His disguise is a protection, but it also differentiates and isolates him: it both hides him and points him out. read more
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Review of LOST AND FOUND by Andrew Merton

In October of 2013 I received an email from Andrew Merton—a journalist, essayist, poet and professor Emeritus of English at the University of Hampshire. Although he and I were not acquainted, he’d stumbled across one of my poems and reached out to tell me he was intrigued. “I think you may feel a small shock of recognition when you read my own poem, "'Snow,'" he wrote... read more

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How I See the Humans

How I See the Humans

Gretchen VanWormer grew up in Burlington, Vermont. The essay above will be included in her forthcoming chapbook, How I See The Humans, published by CutBank Books. Other essays and stories have appeared or are forthcoming in Brevity, The Pinch, DIAGRAM, The Laurel Review, The Los Angeles Review, Zone 3, The Collagist, and PANK. She lives in Washington, DC, and teaches writing at American University. read more

Betty

Betty whose parents adopted her and drank wine from silver bags chilled in cardboard boxes. Betty who got greeting cards from them every month with cash inside. read more
Two Poems

Two Poems

ANGIE MACRI's recent work appears in cream city review and Moon City Review. Her chapbook Fear Nothing of the Future or the Past is available from Finishing Line Press. read more
Two Poems

Two Poems

HEATHER ALTFIELD's recent and forthcoming publications include poetry in Narrative Magazine, North American Review, Pleiades, Poetry Northwest, ZYZZYVA, Superstition Review, Rattle, The Squaw Valley Review, The New Guard, and others. read more
Nearest

Nearest

  In the approximate center of our bed my wife folds her brother’s shirts and his washcloths, and she asks me what I think one sees inside men’s heads. I haven’t seen much, I tell her. But the truth is I once saw in my own head a cottage I used to inhabit in Faro...

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The Symbolic Coast

The Symbolic Coast

CHRISTOPHER SHAW is a former editor of Adirondack Life, and author of Sacred Monkey River: A Canoe Trip with the Gods. He teaches writing at Middlebury College. "The Symbolic Coast" is from his work-in-progress, The Source. read more
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