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To Nicoletta, from Erri

- By Erri De Luca




(Photo: Nicoletta Dosio, ANSA)

Editor’s note: Shortly after New Year’s Day, Erri De Luca published a poem dedicated to Nicoletta Dosio.

On December 30, 2019, Nicoletta Dosio, the seventy-three year-old ex-schoolteacher and activist from Bussoleno in Italy’s Susa Valley, was sent to prison by the Italian state. Dosio is a leading figure in the No TAV movement that, for more than twenty years, has mobilized to stop the environmental damage of a proposed new train line from Lyon to Turin. She was convicted of blocking traffic at a highway tollgate during a 2012 demonstration and sentenced to a year in prison.

To Nicoletta, from Erri

Tonight, Nicoletta,

10 Questions

10 Questions for Clare Welsh

- By Edward Clifford

In the heat, on the hardwood floor, I lay
            naked with an electric fan blowing hair in my mouth
                          and my wolfdog drooling on my thigh.
from "Love, or Grieving a Beast,” Volume 60, Issue 4 (Winter 2019)

Tell us about one of the first pieces you wrote.
The first piece I wrote was in eighth grade. It was about the death of a friend’s white horse—an enormous animal, part Arabian,  part Percheron draft horse. I wrote about the burial. Maybe it was jarring for a child to see a bright orange...


Brew the Locomotion for Whitman's Marvelous Machine

- By Marsha Bryant

Most great American train songs are really about people. But Walt Whitman’s “To a Locomotive in Winter” and Emily Dickinson’s “I like to see it lap the miles” are machinist at heart. They don’t depict engineers, stokers, and passengers. They don’t take you home, and they won’t bring your baby back. Dickinson’s mechanical animal, a frolicsome iron horse, rounds mountains and crosses valleys before finally coming to a stop. But Whitman’s train keeps on coming, making a constant locomotion: throbbing, gyrating, shuttling, protruding, careering, rumbling...

Our America

On White Hysteria

- By Jim Hicks

(Rally of far-right activists in Portland, Oregon, August 17, 2019. Photo: Mark Peterson/Redux Image, New York magazine, December 19, 2019)

With less than a thousand words (in her recent preface to a New York magazine photographic portfolio by Mark Peterson, with additional reporting by James D. Walsh), Claudia Rankine has offered what is, for her, a typically eloquent and essential assessment of the state of our nation. She begins with Dylann Storm Roof, the young assassin that in 2015 killed nine African Americans at prayer in the...

10 Questions

10 Questions for Piotr Florczyk

- By Catherine Fox

There is no denying that Polish poetry occupies a special place in the United States. Embraced by non-specialists and critics alike, the works of Czesław Miłosz, Wisława Szymborska, Zbigniew Herbert, and Adam Zagajewski have played a role in shaping the aesthetic of American poetry in the twentieth century. Anecdotal evidence sugg ests that today’s emerging poets also read the Polish masters, finding the historical and moral context that marks much of Polish poetry available in English not obscure, but germane.—from "East Meets West: On Polish and American Poets in Coversation," Volume 60, Issue 3 (Fall 2019)

Tell us about one of the first pieces you wrote.
I started writing creatively in high school. Those pieces, mainly poems...

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