Issue 118 | Fall 2023
The cover of issue 118 features a detail from an installation work by MyLoan Dinh. Also inside: James K.A. Smith on abstraction that takes the body seriously. Emily Bernard on the meaning of touch. An excerpt from Beth Kephart's forthcoming memoir, told through the many forms of paper we live with. A conversation with poet and translator Miho Nonaka on Louise Glück, the films of Hayao Miyazaki, and translation as “a dreaming process.” The work of Caron Tabb, whose art makes room for activism in spirituality and vice versa; and Jocelyn Mathewes, whose work explores maps, art in rural communities, liturgical rhythms, and chronic illness. Poet Michael White on the psychosomatic effects of the Rijksmuseum Vermeer exhibit. Fiction by set in Malawi, Illinois, and sixteenth-century Venice. Jake Romm on Kierkegaardian Silence in Hlynur Pálmason’s film Godland. Joyelle McSweeney on new translations of work of Hussein Barghouthi and Kim Hyesoon. Poems by Alicia Ostriker, Maryann Corbett, Jai Hamid Bashir, and more.
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On the cover: MyLoan Dinh. Woke-xygen Tank (detail), 2018. Mixed-media installation with digital prints on canvas, boxing gloves, plexiglass tube, and scuba diving equipment. Photo of the artist by Jeff Cravotta.
Table of Contents
J.G. Jesman, In Between
Robert Anderson, Benedetta
Austin Smith,The Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
MyLoan Dinh, In the Studio
Jocelyn Mathewes, In the Studio
Michael White, Vermeer Fever
Emily Bernard, What Is Touching
Beth Kephart, Adventures in Ephemera
Alicia Ostriker, Old Woman Reading Ecclesiastes and the Song of Songs
Hannah Smith, Johnny Appleseed
Jake Goldwasser, The Jewish Longing for Wilderness Reveals Itself
Jesse Nathan, The Stray
Greg Sendi, Memento Mori
Devon Miller-Duggan, Bar Mitzvah
Dan Rosenberg, Esau Speaks against His Brother’s Word
Lisa Dordal, Because My Mother Loved Bluebirds
Jane Saginaw, April 23, 1945
Allison Funk, Crossing Over
Keene Carter, Christ Preaching
Chelsea Dingman, Quantum Theory
Jocelyn Mathewes. The Heart Size is Unremarkable I, 2019. Pigment transfer, gold leaf, embroidery, and collage on watercolor paper. 12 x 9 inches.