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Essays

Summer 2011 Edition Selections

“General History”

by Brian Swann

They’re building a restaurant at the top of the hill
on a street of ruined houses, glassless windows,
no doors, in front of heaped stacks of decayed cars
t hat never made it to the crusher, a restaurant
in the middle of nowhere still in the process of becoming
nowhere. . . .


“Civil Twilight”

by Timothy Hedges

He was standing in the aisle practicing Willie Horton’s batting stance, working on his glare out to the imaginary mound . . . . He was picturing the ball floating toward the plate, the invisible pitcher—Catfish Hunter, maybe—holding his breath. Then the bus jerked to a stop, the floor rolled beneath his feet, and Augie spilled forward onto his face.


“It’s Springtime, Elise, and You’re Missing All of It”

by Rebecca Hazelton

Boxing ring girls, sans spangles,
        they leg in heels from corner to corner,
the culmination of suffragettes
        and Betty Friedan, . . .


“Every Couple before Us”

by Bethany Schultz Hurst

This is a love story: It turned out
the tattooed man and the bearded woman

were just mannequins doctored with Sharpie
and fake hair. What did I expect? . . .

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