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10 Questions for Annie Zaidi

- By Edward Clifford


You know the greatest myth? ‘Mirror, Mirror, on the wall.’ World’s biggest hoax. Yes or no? Because the mirror never says: ‘You, my queen! You are the fairest of them all. from “Mallika Reflects on the Events of Discount Monday,” Volume 60, Issue 4 (Winter 2019)

Tell us about one of the first pieces you wrote.
I’d written a short essay about my mother for our college magazine. Mothers, cows and festivals were common topics for essay writing in schools and colleges. My contribution found a bit of appreciation though. I remember being stopped by a couple...

10 Questions

10(ish) Questions for Jacob Paul

- By Edward Clifford

What writer(s) or works have...


To Nicoletta, from Erri

- By Erri De Luca




(Photo: Nicoletta Dosio, ANSA)

Editor’s note: Shortly after New Year’s Day, Erri De Luca published a poem dedicated to Nicoletta Dosio.

On December 30, 2019, Nicoletta Dosio, the seventy-three year-old ex-schoolteacher and activist from Bussoleno in Italy’s Susa Valley, was sent to prison by the Italian state. Dosio is a leading figure in the No TAV movement that, for more than twenty years, has mobilized to stop the environmental damage of a proposed new train line from Lyon to Turin. She was convicted of blocking traffic at a highway tollgate during a 2012 demonstration and sentenced to a year in prison.

To Nicoletta, from Erri

Tonight, Nicoletta,

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10 Questions for Clare Welsh

- By Edward Clifford

In the heat, on the hardwood floor, I lay
            naked with an electric fan blowing hair in my mouth
                          and my wolfdog drooling on my thigh.
from "Love, or Grieving a Beast,” Volume 60, Issue 4 (Winter 2019)

Tell us about one of the first pieces you wrote.
The first piece I wrote was in eighth grade. It was about the death of a friend’s white horse—an enormous animal, part Arabian,  part Percheron draft horse. I wrote about the burial. Maybe it was jarring for a child to see a bright orange...


Brew the Locomotion for Whitman's Marvelous Machine

- By Marsha Bryant

Most great American train songs are really about people. But Walt Whitman’s “To a Locomotive in Winter” and Emily Dickinson’s “I like to see it lap the miles” are machinist at heart. They don’t depict engineers, stokers, and passengers. They don’t take you home, and they won’t bring your baby back. Dickinson’s mechanical animal, a frolicsome iron horse, rounds mountains and crosses valleys before finally coming to a stop. But Whitman’s train keeps on coming, making a constant locomotion: throbbing, gyrating, shuttling, protruding, careering, rumbling...

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