Contributors to NER’s “Focus on Germany” issue gather in Berlin for a drink and conversation, and to pick up a few extra copies of the new issue. Photos by Joseph Pearson and Ellen Hinsey (not pictured). At Hackbarth’s in Mitte, October 26, 2016.
How she was, at once, always in attendance & always lost,
answering to different names—Kelly, Alexis, Jennifer, Jane—
evoking strangely contradictory dispositions . . .
The apple tree hangs full of issues
my child has issues
and I have them, such issues
huge problems, or pompoms
hard problems dead persons and field flowers . . .
If you play baseball, you know about sportsmanship. Baseball is a game of lines and rules and you allow the home team to have the last ups and after the last out in the ninth inning you file by the opposing team in the infield, win or lose . . .
I used to think “how sad,” maybe even “how pathetic,” our small lives in houses or apartments, with children or not, and each morning everyone putting on clothes, working their jobs . . .
Artwork by Laura Bell