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Issue 89

Lyrical fiction by Melanie Rae Thon and four short-short stories by Erin McGraw; Elizabeth Duffy on the art of Jack Baumgartner and his “School for the Transfer of Energy”; and an interview with acclaimed war fiction writer Phil Klay. Plus, Gregory Wolfe writes about the rich metaphors surrounding faith; Ryan Masters offers aching prose about his first son, stillborn; and Lisa Ampleman reviews works by Jericho Brown, Rachel Eliza Griffith, and Rickey Laurentiis, writers of color responding to racism in AmericaWith poetry by Valerie Wohlfeld, Michael Ryan, Jean Hollander, and more.

Web Exclusive: A Conversation with Lisa Ampleman


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Racism Lives Here. Does God?


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Unless a Kernel of Wheat Falls


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The Ring


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Pigeons and Turtledoves


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A Conversation with Phil Klay


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In Search of the Beautiful: The Art of Susie Hamilton


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Jack Baumgartner and the School of the Transfer of Energy


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If I Decide to Pray Again It Won’t Be Words Strung in a Line


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The Man in the Next Pew


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To Begin With


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Waiting with Cynthia


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Sharing a Painting


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Against the Light


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Bone Anthem


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A Song on Geronimo’s Grave


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Daybreak, Winter


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Near-Annunciation at Carroll’s Point


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New Year, Good Work


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The Ritz


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The Taste of Eden


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Orchard


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Four Short-Short Stories


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A Metaphorical God


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The Bodies of Birds


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