October 28, 2019


Perhaps you know this scene. The man in black—others refer to him as the creature or the monster—approaches me in the laboratory, Dr. Frankenstein and Dr. Pretorius at my sides. The man in black reaches out his thick arms, puts his strange, shiny hands on m...

October 21, 2019

Peter Davis, Band Names & Other Poems, Bloof Books, 2018, $16

The latest poetry collection by Peter Davis is everything that the title implies: a long-form list of band names. The two vertical columns that span more than 200 pages get interrupted periodically by more tr...

October 21, 2019

Lydia Kiesling, The Golden State, MCD, 2018, $26.

In 2016, Lydia Kiesling published an essay in the New Yorker in which she wrote, “Bureaucratic experiences are like dreams: profoundly affecting, but very boring to hear about.” Two years later, Kiesling published The Go...

October 21, 2019

Marream Krollos, Big City, Fiction Collective Two, 2018, $18.95

When you start Marream Krollos’s Big City, you might feel as though you are reading a hopeless horoscope, perturbing yet everyday. Krollos sets up a tension between “I” and “we,” the individual and collecti...

October 14, 2019

Aubade with Wind Chimes and Hesitation

Head tucked between the pillow and its ragged blue case,

the dog snores more softly now. We fell asleep

sometime past ten. At some point, their dog

came in too, nuzzling between us,

so that our bodies were only a dog’s length apart.


October 7, 2019

Kristen Arnett is the NYT bestselling author of the debut novel Mostly Dead Things (Tin House, ‘19). She is a queer fiction and essay writer. She was awarded Ninth Letter’s Literary Award in Fiction and is a columnist for Literary Hub. Her work has appeared at North Am...

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