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Summer/Fall 2003

From the Editor
Thom Didato

Richard Bausch
interview

Jonathan Lethem
interview

An excerpt from Project X
fiction by Jim Shepard

"Taken"
fiction by Liam Callanan

"Blood-Red Roses"
fiction by Leslie Blanco

"If You're Not a Bartender"
fiction by John Rubins

"AMERICA."
"STATES"
poetry by Jen Benka

"Sleep"
"Privacy"
poetry by Tom Horacek

"8/24/39"
"8/30/39"
poetry by Sadiq Bey

"Moral Improvement"
"Hunger's Story"
poetry by Adam Clay

"051603"
"080503"
"U2161"
"U2163"
artwork by Pamela Harris

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STATES

she says she says she says
sanity is south dakota
somewhere exactly in the middle

read this: the total length of the Canadian boundary is 5,360 miles
and thought stars
read this: the total length of the Mexican boundary is 2,013 miles
and thought stripes
read this: the total length of the Atlantic coastline is 5,565 miles
and thought red
read this: the total length of the Pacific and Arctic coastline is 9,272 miles
and thought white
read this: the total length of the Gulf of Mexico coastline is 3,641 miles
and thought blue

this happened: south dakota pine ridge
but she says she says she says south dakota
sanity with a heart of river

this happened: south dakota rosebud
but she says she says she says south dakota
sanity with eyes of eagle

this happened: south dakota cheyenne river
but she says she says she says south dakota
sanity in arms of black hills

this happened: south dakota standing rock
but she says she says she says south dakota
sanity with thighs of timber and crows nest

this happened: south dakota wounded knee
but she says she says she says south dakota
sanity with a hunger for thunder and wind

this happened: south dakota mount rushmore
but she says she says she says south dakota
sanity in the center of caves

somewhere in the bad lands.

Jen Benka co-organizes NYC's annual marathon reading of Emily Dickinson's complete poems (www.emilyreading.com) and is the managing director of Poets
& Writers
. Her collection of one poem for each word in the Preamble to the
U.S. Constitution was published earlier this year by BOOKLYN as an artist book.

She lives in New York City.

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Totebag

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"Old Bardstown"
Ellen Hagan
Issue 10 -
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Arisa White
Issue 11 - Spring 2004

"Ballad of the Strong Man in New York"
Suzanne Burns
Issue 6 -
Spring/Summer 2002