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Volume 57, Issue 4




By Gerald Stern


Caetano Veloso, Walking into the Wind

By Igiaba Scego, translated by Frederika Randall


The Last Bohemian of Avenue A,

By Yusef Komunyakaa


The Coming of John

By John H. Bracey Jr.


The Voice Imitator

By Ana Schuleit Haber and Yotam Haber


National Anthem

By Ilya Kaminsky


from Radio Imagination

By Seiko Ito, translated by Hart Larrabee


Music from a Farther Room

By Gary J. Whitehead


from This Side of the Sea

By Gianmaria Testa, translated by Jim Hicks


The Tabla Player

By Farah Ahamed

Table of Contents



   from Here Be Sirens, an opera in one act by Kate Soper

   Lips, a poem by Gerald Stern

   What to Take, a poem by Barbara Ras

   The Bugler Responds to Mary, a poem by Rebecca Foust

   Bird Song, a poem by Tony Eprile

   Without Night-Shoes, a poem by Jane Hirshfield

   from Caetano Veloso, Walking into the Wind,
     nonfiction by Igiaba Scego, translated by Frederika Randall

   Mezzo, a poem by Tanya Grae

   Muzak, a poem by Carol Potter

   Loss, a poem by Roger Greenwald

   Paul Robeson Sings America, nonfiction by Shana L. Redmond

   from The Last Bohemian of Avenue A,
    a poem by Yusef Komunyakaa

   The Coming of John,
     an essay by John H. Bracey Jr.

   Things in the Form of a Prayer in the
     Form of a Wail, an essay by Matt Donovan

   The Blues: Where Love Ends Badly,
     an essay by Gerald Williams

   The Romantic Mode, a poem by Jen Jabaily-Blackburn

   Then Elvis Drops to One Knee, a poem by David Kirby

   Variable, a poem by Mary Peelen

   from The Voice Imitator,
     art by Anna Schuleit Haber and Yotam Haber


   [untitled] and Marvin Gaye Sings the
     National Anthem, 1983, poems by Bruce Smith

   Desert Suite #5: Cactus Music,
     a poem by Kimberly White

   In their own time, a poem by Casey FitzSimons

   National Anthem, a poem by Ilya Kaminsky

   from Radio Imaginationa novel excerpt by Seiko Ito,
     translated by Hart Larrabee

   Cloud Hands, a poem by Arthur Sze

   Randy Weston’s African Rhythms, the Day After,
     a poem by Randall Horton

   Found Music, a poem by T.J. McLemore

   Ornithology, a poem by Peter Fiore

   Goldberg Variations, a poem by Jim Whiteside

   from The Scarlet Professor, a libretto by Harley Erdman

   Charles Ives at the Spinet, a poem by Donald Revell

   Music in the Kingdom of the Heart,
     a poem by Laura McCullough

   Dear Enya and Dear Sinéad, a poem by Abe Louise Young

   Twilight on Kool Darkness, a poem by Bonita Lee Penn

   Bassoon, a poem by Ken Waldman

   from Perfect Pitch, nonfiction by Marcelo Cohen,
    translated by Judith Filc

   Silent Swan, a poetry comic by Bianca Stone,
     with text by Ben Pease

   Fantaisie Impromptu, nonfiction by Chen Li,
     translated by Ting Wang


   The Page Turner, a poem by Amanda Anastasi

   The Fidelity of Music, a poem by Geffrey Davis

   Trying to Write Music Poem, a poem by Diamond Forde

   My Crying Towel, a poem by Laura Kasischke

   Music from a Farther Room, a poem by Gary J. Whitehead

   For a Fistful of Sitars, an essay by Gabriele Ferraris,
     translated by Laurence de Richemont

   Race Music and Interview with Berry Gordy,
     poems by Meredith Nnoka

   from This Side of the Sea, nonfiction by Gianmaria Testa,
     translated by Jim Hicks

   The Rolling Deep, a poem by Anne Marie Macari

   Country Music II, a poem by Helen Wickes

   Song of Eleven Consonants and Thirteen Vowels,
     for G. Stein, a poem by Katie Farris

   Poetic Art, a poem by Paul Verlaine,
     translated by Laure-Anne Bosselaar

   Mozart’s Magic Coach, a poem by Slavko Mihalić,
     translated by Dasha C. Nisula

   Mozart’s Starling, an essay by Leslie Stainton

   The Tabla Player, a story by Farah Ahamed


   Old Folks’ Singing and Utopia, an essay by Tim Eriksen

   Crypto-Animist Introvert Activism,
     a poem by Brenda Hillman

   Writing the Life of the Concert Promoter,
     an essay by Steve Waksman

   Saved by Soul, an essay by Rashod Ollison

   For Adrienne, an essay by Julia Conrad

   The Persistence of Music, a poem by A. Molotkov

   Notes on Contributors

   Volume Index


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