THE NEW ISSUE OF NER HAS ARRIVED!
C. Dale Young’s last issue as poetry editor presents 20 poems from his 20 years at NER, poems that he says “not only never left me alone but actually changed me as a reader and writer,” including works by Debora Greger, Brigit Pegeen Kelly, and Carl Phillips.
Agha Shahid Ali • Reginald Dwayne Betts • Jericho Brown • Gabrielle Calvocoressi • Victoria Chang • Jordan Davis • Geri Doran • Debora Greger • Jennifer Grotz • Laura Kasischke • Brigit Pegeen Kelly • Khaled Mattawa • Tomás Q. Morín • Matthew Olzmann • Carl Phillips • Paisley Rekdal • Natasha Trethewey • Ellen Bryant Voigt • G. C. Waldrep • David Yezzi
Fiction writers Jonathan Durbin and Lenore Myka make their NER debut in this issue, and Brock Clarke, Dennis McFadden, and Christine Sneed return to our pages with stories of freedom and slavery, marriage, and a battle-axe. Also, an unforgettable story by Belgian author Kristien Hemmerechts appears for the first time in English.
Brock Clarke • Jonathan Durbin • Kristien Hemmerechts (trans. Margie Franzen & Sandra Boersma) • Peter LaSalle • Dennis McFadden • Lenore Myka • Christine Sneed
The essays in this issue examine age and time, music and notoriety, the great American West, and the mutability of language and rock walls:
- J. E. Uhl listens closely to the rhythm of New Orleans “Piano Wizard” James Booker
- Robert Pogue Harrison unravels the question: how old are we, really?
- Natasha Lvovich tallies the gains and losses of a language left behind
- Vincent Czyz follows the bread-crumb trail of affinities
- Elizabeth O’Brien, in praise of names, congruencies, and the letter Z
- Alexandria Peary discovers the lives layered beneath our not-so-solid walls
- Richard Tillinghast, out West on Wagonhound Road
- Boris Sidis considers an epidemic of religious revival
Don’t miss this ambitious and unpredictable collection of writing—just published and now on its way from the printer.