restricted access   Volume 38, Number 1, Spring 2012

Table of Contents



pp. 7-9



pp. 10-22


pp. 97-113


pp. 119-137


pp. 152-160


pp. 181-183


The Blowjob Whale

pp. 40-47


pp. 59-66

How to Live with Uncertainty

pp. 70-77

The Removers

pp. 91-94

The Adventure Family

pp. 145-147

The Devil’s Spine

pp. 165-167


Often, Common, Some, and Free

pp. 23-24

(why your room has a door), and: (ode), and: energy

pp. 25-27

At the Moment of Beginning, and: Practice for Being Empty

pp. 28-30


pp. 31-32

Crime Scene

pp. 33-34

Secret Fellow Sufferers, and: Secret Fellow Sufferers

pp. 35-36


p. 37

The Suspect

pp. 38-39

Lines on the Pathetic Fallacy, and: Lines on Sublation

pp. 48-51


p. 52

Piece by Piece

p. 53

“The boss wears a white vest...”

p. 54

in the blizzard

p. 55

After Grass and Long Knives

p. 56


pp. 57-58

Days of Oakland

pp. 67-68

Pascal and the Art of Persuasion

p. 69

“Before this dream…”

p. 78

Waiting at the River

p. 79

The Ark by “Scratch”

pp. 80-81

Why I Write Poetry

pp. 82-83

50 Ways

p. 84


p. 85

ὁδός [hodos], and: The Dark Constellations

pp. 86-87

Sing to Me

p. 88

The Queen of Truth, and: Elegy

pp. 89-90

Poem Beginning with a Line by Ikkyū

p. 95

The Night Is a Thousand Mirrors

p. 96

My Box

pp. 114-116

from Alienation Effects

p. 117

The Bathers

p. 118

Excerpt from That Once Were Beautiful Children

pp. 138-139

Shadowboxing Herons, and: John Henryism

pp. 140-141

We Dance on a Spinning Log

pp. 142-144


pp. 148-149

Don’t Think Like the Mountains, They’re Nothing Like the Future

pp. 150-151

So and So Descending from the Bridge

pp. 161-162

The Big Sleep

pp. 163-164

Clip Clop

p. 168

from “The Iron Lung Poem”

pp. 169-170


pp. 171-172

from Small Porcelain Head

pp. 173-177

The Conversation Continued

pp. 178-179

The Gentle Anarchist

p. 180

Please Alice Notley Tell Me How to Be Old

pp. 184-185

About Nick Flynn

About Nick Flynn: A Profile by Susanna Sonnenberg

pp. 186-188


Swimming: A Plan B Essay by Lauren Groff

pp. 189-191


Alice Hoffman Prize for Fiction Spring 2012

p. 192


Say Her Name (review)

pp. 193-194

The Inverted Forest (review)

pp. 194-195

Torn: Poems (review)

pp. 195-196

The Memory of Water (review)

p. 197

God Breaketh Not All Men’s Hearts Alike: New & Later Collected Poems (review)

pp. 197-198

Abbott Awaits (review)

pp. 198-201

Editor's Shelf

Editor's Shelf: Book Recommendations from Our Advisory Editors

pp. 202-203

Editor's Corner

Editors’ Corner: New Works by Our Advisory Editors

p. 204

Contributors' Notes

Contributors’ Notes

pp. 204-211