That which at first appears to be a lyric essay may be something else, just as the converse may also be true. And that which at first appears real, under scrutiny, demonstrates a deficit of reality. So writers use language to shore up cordons around the insufficiently-real object or phrase or event precisely so that she may vivisect it into a desired product, torture it into manageability.
Guest Editor’s Spotlight:
Only the Gentle, Only the Strong by Samuel J Fox
A Brief History of Women and Failure by Kristen Holt-Browning
A Wish You Must Cultivate by Bill Wolak
Good Guess by Kristine Langley Mahler
A Requirement Unrequited by Emily Townsend
3. I Forgot the Stance of Cliffs Meeting Water by Anne Gorrick
Variables by Nora Bonner
Don’t Feed the Yao Guai! by Colee Wong
Rorschach Research by Ivars Balkits
“Monolith, the Face of Half Dome, Yosemite Valley, 1927” by Ansel Adams by Eric Dean Wilson
Dissonance by Cover Artist Ann Bowler
That Thing That You Don’t Talk About by Dennis Humphrey
About Our Guest Editor
Wes Jamison’s work appears or is forthcoming in 1913, Diagram, Fifth Wednesday, Essay Press, The Rumpus, and elsewhere.