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Issue 109

Our summer issue’s cover features a photograph by Jon Henry from a series of images of Black mothers and sons that evoke the pietà. Also inside: A conversation with Kenyan writer Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor on auditing colonialism’s books, coffee as sacrificial offering, the sea as sacrament, and finding her way back to church. Robert Rubsam on Jenny Erpenbeck as a corrective to autofiction’s claim that the only life you can write is your own. Choreographer Preeti Vasudevan: “An artist’s role is to awaken all senses so that we are truly alive.” Architect Ran Oron on designing a synagogue for his kids’ school and longing as a creative tool. James K.A. Smith on James Merrill, Annie Dillard, Frederick Buechner, and the secret language of literary coincidence. Robert Cording processes the death of his grown son through the language of poetry. Jennifer Anne Moses on the indignities of bereavement travel—and on the different ways we age and die. Jennifer Frey on new novels by Christopher Beha and Phil Klay. Fiction by Chika Onyenezi, Julie Hensley, and CJ Green, and a huge haul of poetry, including work by Lisa Ampleman, Paul Mariani, Derrick Austin, D.A. Powell, and more.

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