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Issue 90, Fall 2015

This issue features an epic poem by the National Book Award–winning poet Nikky Finney, entitled “The Battle of and for the Black Face Boy.” The poem, which Finney describes as “a radical libretto,” was written to commemorate this year’s sesquicentennial of the Civil War’s end.

The issue also includes work by Jonathan Blitzer (with photography by Reed Young); fiction by Catherine Lacey and Jamie Quatro; an appreciation of Frank Stanford by Ansel Elkins; John O’Connor’s foray into the Everglades in search of Bloody E. J. Watson; and much more. 


Hank’s Dream, by John Lingan

The Cork, by Padgett Powell

My Name Is Alex, by Michelle García

First, We Were Talking About Skinny Dipping, a story by Beth Ann Fennelly

Morning Waves, by Drew Bratcher

Clidastes in Limbo, by Asher Elbein

Pilgrims of the Lost Cemeteries, by Christina Cooke

Stick, a story by William Caverlee

Local Fare: How to Read a Menu, by John T. Edge


The Battle of and for the Black Face Boy
A poem by Nikky Finney

by Evan James

Crossing Over
by Jonathan Blitzer

Kyrie, With Endnotes
A story by Jamie Quatro

The Legend of Chokoloskee
by John O’Connor

UR Heck Box
a story by Catherine Lacey


Last Panther of the Ozarks
Revisiting Frank Stanford
by Ansel Elkins

Cooking With Chris:
Slim Jims and Monster
by Chris Offutt

Art by: RaMell Ross, Arthur Tress, Doug DuBois, Joseph Noderer, Dawn Roe, Josh Verduzco, Neil Craver, John Huggins, Klaus Pichler, Anni Leppälä, Cobi Moules, Henry Hargreaves, Amirah Kassem, Keisha Scarville, Jack Spencer, J. N. Wilson, Mary Ellen Bartley, Reed Young, Eric Ogden, Eliot Porter, Jungjin Lee, Stephen Gill, Ginny Stanford, Eric Yahnker

Cover: “Here” (2013), by RaMell Ross