A sneak peek of our Editor’s Note,
from the just-barely-released NER 37.2:
First publication, which is what you see here, is a moment of capture. It’s the moment the work leaves the writer’s private world and becomes public. The version that appears here may be fixed for NER 37.2—and we believe it’s in its prime—but some works will go on to be part of a book, and then maybe years after that will be revised again for a “new and selected.” —CK
♦ Mary Ebbott on pain’s resistance to language, from Homer to the McGill Pain Questionnaire
♦ Rob Hardy presents the life of an antebellum politician-turned-poet, in an age of hoaxes and counterfeits
♦ Playwright to playwright: Nathaniel G. Nesmith interviews Steve Carter
♦ Ning Ken (trans. by Thomas Moran) calls for a Chinese fiction that contends with contemporary China, where reality exceeds imagination
♦ Eric Severn tallies up the failures so far
♦ John Keats introduces his work
♦ Plus Ian Ganassi’s new translation from Virgil’s Aeneid, in which the Trojans eat their tables and the princess’s hair catches fire
FICTION by Leslie Bazzett, Ben Eisman, Becky Hagenston, Kate Petersen, Anne Raeff, and Tyler Sage.
POETRY by Cortney Lamar Charleston, Martha Collins, Ben Jackson, Wayne Miller, Derek Mong, Mark Neely, Maxine Scates, Safiya Sinclair, Bruce Snider, Brian Teare, Ryan Teitman, and Kara van de Graaf.