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  Volume 34, Number 3-4, 2014

Table of Contents

Editor’s Note

Editor’s Note

pp. 8-10 | DOI: 10.1353/ner.2014.0031



pp. 11-12 | DOI: 10.1353/ner.2014.0040

What Are We Not For, and The Black Umbrella

pp. 18-20 | DOI: 10.1353/ner.2014.0049

What David Taught & Where He Taught It

p. 30 | DOI: 10.1353/ner.2014.0002

“When It Is Over It Will Be Over”, and Saturdays at Reynolds Work Release

pp. 38-41 | DOI: 10.1353/ner.2014.0011

Pomegranate Queen

p. 48 | DOI: 10.1353/ner.2014.0019

The Bourbon Baudelaire: A Set of Variations

pp. 49-50 | DOI: 10.1353/ner.2014.0027

Memory in Plain English

pp. 64-65 | DOI: 10.1353/ner.2014.0036

The Two Times I Loved You Most on a Farm, and Five Letters Returned to Sender

pp. 66-67 | DOI: 10.1353/ner.2014.0045

The Chain

p. 85 | DOI: 10.1353/ner.2014.0054


p. 86 | DOI: 10.1353/ner.2014.0007

Janiculum Staircase, and Santa Cecilia

pp. 314-316 | DOI: 10.1353/ner.2014.0016

Calculations: A Love Poem

p. 333 | DOI: 10.1353/ner.2014.0024

Nothing Is the Thin Wall

p. 339 | DOI: 10.1353/ner.2014.0033

In Full Velvet

pp. 356-359 | DOI: 10.1353/ner.2014.0042

I Wear the Work Upon My Clothes

p. 360 | DOI: 10.1353/ner.2014.0051


pp. 370-371 | DOI: 10.1353/ner.2014.0004


Who’s Stopping You?

pp. 13-17 | DOI: 10.1353/ner.2014.0013

Studies in Composition

pp. 21-29 | DOI: 10.1353/ner.2014.0021


pp. 31-37 | DOI: 10.1353/ner.2014.0029

Found by Thee

pp. 51-63 | DOI: 10.1353/ner.2014.0038

Oido Beach

pp. 68-84 | DOI: 10.1353/ner.2014.0047

Visit to the Beach

pp. 372-373 | DOI: 10.1353/ner.2014.0000


The Favored Language of the Apparatchik: A Contemporary Sampler

pp. 42-47 | DOI: 10.1353/ner.2014.0009

Kindle 451

pp. 340-355 | DOI: 10.1353/ner.2014.0018

Literary Lives

Reading Rilke with Denise Levertov

pp. 317-332 | DOI: 10.1353/ner.2014.0026

The Image Factory

pp. 361-369 | DOI: 10.1353/ner.2014.0035


Evening, All

pp. 334-338 | DOI: 10.1353/ner.2014.0044


The Dream World

pp. 374-379 | DOI: 10.1353/ner.2014.0053

The Russian Presence

Editor’s Note

The Russian Presence

p. 87 | DOI: 10.1353/ner.2014.0006


Again I visited . . .

pp. 88-89 | DOI: 10.1353/ner.2014.0015


pp. 127-128 | DOI: 10.1353/ner.2014.0023

Poem No. 78, and Poem No. 129

pp. 129-130 | DOI: 10.1353/ner.2014.0032

He Who Had Found a Horseshoe

pp. 131-133 | DOI: 10.1353/ner.2014.0056

Séance, and from the Cycle “Seventeenth”

pp. 134-137 | DOI: 10.1353/ner.2014.0041

Black as the pupil...

p. 143 | DOI: 10.1353/ner.2014.0050

Where does such tenderness...

p. 144 | DOI: 10.1353/ner.2014.0057

from The Two

p. 145 | DOI: 10.1353/ner.2014.0058

They’ve cut a hole..., and I pardon all your sins...

p. 146 | DOI: 10.1353/ner.2014.0003

The Jolt

p. 147 | DOI: 10.1353/ner.2014.0012

Saturday, June 21, 1941 and Ignatevsky Forest, and Beautiful Day

pp. 157-159 | DOI: 10.1353/ner.2014.0020

Goodbye to Friends

p. 160 | DOI: 10.1353/ner.2014.0028

The Feast, and Old Women, and Beads

pp. 242-244 | DOI: 10.1353/ner.2014.0037

Poet and Crowd

pp. 259-266 | DOI: 10.1353/ner.2014.0046

Let’s Go to Morocco, and Trains

pp. 312-313 | DOI: 10.1353/ner.2014.0055


Three Scenes from Crime and Punishment

pp. 90-99 | DOI: 10.1353/ner.2014.0008

Verochka, and Ionych

pp. 100-126 | DOI: 10.1353/ner.2014.0017

Lifeless Beast

pp. 138-142 | DOI: 10.1353/ner.2014.0025

Nabokov’s Inkblot

pp. 267-275 | DOI: 10.1353/ner.2014.0034

Fardwor, Ruissa! A Fantastical Tale from Putin’s Russia

pp. 294-311 | DOI: 10.1353/ner.2014.0043

The Cherepanova Sisters

pp. 276-293 | DOI: 10.1353/ner.2014.0052


“To Overcome Evil”: Andrey Platonov and the Moscow Show Trials

pp. 148-156 | DOI: 10.1353/ner.2014.0005

Cultural History

Lee Harvey Oswald Arrives in the USSR

pp. 161-169 | DOI: 10.1353/ner.2014.0014

The Trial of Joseph Brodsky

pp. 183-207 | DOI: 10.1353/ner.2014.0022

From Babel to Pentecost (and Back Again): The World After the Wall Came Down

pp. 245-256 | DOI: 10.1353/ner.2014.0030

Literary Lives

Meetings with Anna Akhmatova

pp. 170-182 | DOI: 10.1353/ner.2014.0039


Andrey Tarkovsky, Russian Experience, and the Poetry of Cinema

pp. 208-241 | DOI: 10.1353/ner.2014.0048


Russian Slang, circa 1995

pp. 257-258 | DOI: 10.1353/ner.2014.0001

Contributors’ Notes

pp. 380-391 | DOI: 10.1353/ner.2014.0010

Beginning with the next issue, the editorial responsibility for NER will be assumed by Carolyn Kuebler, and in my "Editor's Note" (page 8) I have indicated my deep indebtedness to her and to C. Dale Young, our longtime poetry editor. At this moment of transition, I also want to express my gratitude for the demanding example set by the editors who preceded me—especially Sydney Lea, who with Jay Parini was one of the founding editors of the magazine in 1978. Jessica Dineen, the first managing editor I had the good fortune to work with, instantly understood everything that needed to be done and how to do it; her fine work has been carried on by those who succeeded her, Jodee Stanley and—for almost ten years now—Carolyn Kuebler. Thanks, too, to Toni Best, who was for many years Office Manager at NER, a position now occupied by Lexa deCourval. In addition, I want to acknowledge the efforts of our team of editorial Readers—Jennifer Bates, Janice Obuchowski, and J. M. Tyree, in particular—who have maintained a close association with the magazine and continue to provide us with invaluable assistance in identifying work of the highest quality for publication in our pages. And finally, thanks from all of us to Middlebury College and President Ronald Liebowitz, and to our many donors, for their continuing commitment and indispensable support.


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