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The Elephant's Memory

- By Erri De Luca, translated by Jim Hicks

Photo by Getty Images. Scientific American, December 2017.
 

In the north the skies will start to close in. The clouds will thicken—a cover sealed shut. Even bombing won’t make them open.

Daily temperatures will fall, the earth will freeze, become barren. The skies will be dark, even at noon during the summer solstice.

Citicombs will be built—entire cities underground. Those who live in the North will long to emigrate south of the Mediterranean, where the sun has remained in the cloudless sky.

They will petition Africa for climatic asylum. It will be given to those who can demonstrate that their families once welcomed a migrant from Africa. There will be a registry and archive, called “The Elephant’s...


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10 Questions for Eric Schlich

- By Abby MacGregor

“I was born with one eye. On the day of my delivery (June 6, 2004) the doctor and nurses at St. Alice’s maternity ward were ready and waiting for my arrival, equipped with their APGAR test, which stands for: Appearance Pulse Grimace Activity Respiration and is a rating of 1-10 for “newborn viability.” (I’m copying this out of my anatomy and physiology textbook—Understanding the Human Body, page 113—after looking up birth defects in the index, although Mother doesn’t like that word: “It’s a birth gift, Owen.” What the gift part is I’ll never know.) . . . De­spite my deformity (a word Mother hates even worse), I scored a six.”

from “Journal of a Cyclops...


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10 Questions for Sally Rosen Kindred

- By Emily Wojcik

The angel of the black bowl sets it on the table.
The girl sits down. She will not eat.

She wears a dress the color of her mother’s hunger.
She does not believe in breakfast, dreams
the eggs’ songs dead in their shells. 

—from “Morning,” by Sally Rosen Kindred, in Volume 59, Issue 3, Fall 2018

 

Tell us about one of the first pieces you wrote.
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10 Questions for Ward Schumaker

- By Abby MacGregor

Tell us about one of the first pieces you created.

It's 1949, I'm six years old, lying on the floor, thumbing through Life Magazine and I find a photo story on Jackson Pollock. Immediately I realize: that's me, that's who I want to be! The next day our first grade teacher surprises us with easels and paint. I get to work. Still, a piece of art takes time. "Please don't make me go to recess," I plead. "I have to finish this painting. It's a lot more important than running around the playground."

 

What artist(s) or works have influenced the way you work now?

When I was twelve my brother introduced me to books by The Roycrofters, hand-illuminated letterpress books...


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10 Questions for Peggy O'Brien

- By Abby MacGregor

"The shortcut proved the long way round. Mid-summer,
Insomniac sun. She ambled through the market.
Throngs pressed the flesh. Is this salmon firm and fresh?
These strawberries plump and sweet, as ripe as June?
Crubeens and chickens, carrageen moss and peas.
The price went up according to the depth
Of hunger in a voice. "Cheap flowers,""cheap flowers,"
from “Barter,” Summer 2018 (Vol. 59, Issue 2)

Tell us about one of the first pieces you wrote.
For many years in my twenties and thirties I listened to another’s poetry rather than wrote my own. I was not just married to a well-known Irish poet, I was also his first reader. I would criticize draft after draft,...


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