Debra Allbery
"The Third Image": Constellations of Correspondence in Emily Dickinson, Joseph Cornell, and Charles Simic, an essay on ekphrastic poetry and the notion of poetry and painting as "the sister arts."

Debra Allbery
Three ekphrastic poems: "Courbet," "No Tutor but the North," and "How to Explain a Dead Hare."

Betty Adcock
Charles Coté
Martyn Crucefix This marks an author's first online publication
Burt Kimmelman
Eric Pankey
Michael Salcman
Nicholas Samaras This marks an author's first online publication
Jim Tilley
Gloria Vando
Eleanor Wilner

A Note on Fictional Truth, a Conversation with Ed Pavlić, by Andrew John McFadyen-Ketchum.

Book Review
"A Change of Maps" by Carolyne Wright—Book Review, by David Rigsbee.

Eric Pankey

Eric Pankey, Professor of English and Heritage Chair in Writing at George Mason University, is the author of eight books of poetry, the most recent of which is The Pear as One Example: New and Selected Poems 1984-2008 (Ausable Press, 2008).

Film Still    

—after Douglas Gordan's 24 Hour Pyscho

As if on the surface of the moon,
Cold in light and shadow,
Time itself is outmoded—

All glints, struck flints, mica flares—
Like TV static, the fluorescent hum
Of the exit booth in long term parking,

Or at the turnpike's end, and if
The future seems permeated
With foreboding, imagine the landscape

Unfurling behind, a blurry
Rear-projection, without soundtrack,
Without the windshield wipers' tick,

Or the on-again, off-again rain,
Imagine the driver's eye
As dark water down a drain,

And the past seems a momentary
Misdeed, a modicum,
A mote washed away by a tear.



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