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Volume 43, Issue 3

THERE IS CONSIDERABLE distance between CM. Mayo's kind of whale-watching and Ishmael and Ahab s, especially if Fred Bernard is right in suggesting that Melville's characters are not who we think they are. And then, as Jeremy Greenfield's introduction promises, "There are three stories in Longitude at Sea!" The ocean is one enormous and perpetual displacement, but there are other kinds, too. Xiao Xiaoda, deported prisoner of the Cultural Revolution, finds an instant of food, wine and love at a dislocated Spring Festival. Disembodied opera fills Paula Specks heating ducts. And our own year of profound dis placement is marked in Ann Lauterbachs remembrance of September 11,2001.

—David Lenson, for the Editors



Lay Thine Hand Upon Him

By C.M. Mayo


The Flower Carriers

By Jan Conn


The Question of Race in 'Moby-Dick'

By Fred Bernard


Longitude at Sea: a novel in verse

By Jeremy Greenfield


Only Opera

By Paula Speck


The Two Franzes

By Melvin Jules Bukiet


For My Father; For My Father on Poetry

By Jennifer Tseng


Devil's Trill

By Xiaoda Xiao



By Kevin Bowen


It's Friday

By Tom Wayman


It Loses Its Grandeur

By Molly Fitzsimons


What Is a Day

By Ann Lauterbach


It is Enough; Closer Still

By Elizabeth Meyersohn

Table of Contents

Lay Thine Hand Upon Him, Fiction by C.M. Mayo

The Flower Carriers, Poetry by Jan Conn

The Question of Race in 'Moby-Dick',
Non-Fiction by Fred Bernard

Longitude at Sea: a novel in verse,
Fiction by Jeremy Greenfield

Only Opera,
Non-Fiction by Paula Speck

The Two Franzes, Fiction by Melvin Jules Bukiet

For My Father; For My Father on Poetry,
Poetry by Jennifer Tseng

Devil's Trill,
Non-Fiction by Xiaoda Xiao

Helmets, Poetry by Kevin Bowen

It's Friday, Poetry by Tom Wayman

It Loses Its Grandeur, Fiction by Molly Fitzsimons

What Is a Day, Non-Fiction by Ann Lauterbach

It is Enough; Closer Still,
Cover Art by Elizabeth Meyersohn


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