The International Literary Quarterly

August 2010


María Teresa Andruetto
William Bedford
Richard Berengarten
Jorge Luis Borges
Sampurna Chattarji
Rubén Dario
Rosalía de Castro
Siobhan Harvey
Carla Guelfenbein
Marion Jones
Andrea Labinger
Suzanne Jill Levine
Hernán Neira
Paschalis Nikolaou
Nicolás Poblete
Wena Poon
Richard Reeve
Polly Samson
Maree Scarlett
Ana María Shua
Katri Skala
Elizabeth Smither
Sridala Swami
Nasos Vayenas
Mauricio Wacquez
Peter Wells
Alison Wong

Issue 12 Guest Artist:
Catalina Chervin

President: Peter Robertson
Deputy Editor: Jill Dawson
General Editor: Beatriz Hausner
Art Editor: Calum Colvin

Consulting Editors
Marjorie Agosín
Daniel Albright
Meena Alexander
Maria Teresa Andruetto
Frank Ankersmit
Rosemary Ashton
Reza Aslan
Leonard Barkan
Michael Barry
Shadi Bartsch
Thomas Bartscherer
Susan Bassnett
Gillian Beer
David Bellos
Richard Berengarten
Charles Bernstein
Sujata Bhatt
Mario Biagioli
Jean Boase-Beier
Elleke Boehmer
Eavan Boland
Stephen Booth
Alain de Botton
Carmen Boulossa
Rachel Bowlby
Svetlana Boym
Peter Brooks
Marina Brownlee
Roberto Brodsky
Carmen Bugan
Jenni Calder
Stanley Cavell
Sampurna Chattarji
Sarah Churchwell
Hollis Clayson
Sally Cline
Kristina Cordero
Drucilla Cornell
Junot Díaz
André Dombrowski
Denis Donoghue
Ariel Dorfman
Rita Dove
Denise Duhamel
Klaus Ebner
Robert Elsie
Stefano Evangelista
Orlando Figes
Tibor Fischer
Shelley Fisher Fishkin
Peter France
Nancy Fraser
Maureen Freely
Michael Fried
Marjorie Garber
Anne Garréta
Marilyn Gaull
Zulfikar Ghose
Paul Giles
Lydia Goehr
Vasco Graça Moura
A. C. Grayling
Stephen Greenblatt
Lavinia Greenlaw
Lawrence Grossberg
Edith Grossman
Elizabeth Grosz
Boris Groys
David Harsent
Benjamin Harshav
Geoffrey Hartman
François Hartog
Siobhan Harvey
Molly Haskell
Selina Hastings
Valerie Henitiuk
Kathryn Hughes
Aamer Hussein
Djelal Kadir
Kapka Kassabova
John Kelly
Martin Kern
Mimi Khalvati
Joseph Koerner
Annette Kolodny
Julia Kristeva
George Landow
Chang-Rae Lee
Mabel Lee
Linda Leith
Suzanne Jill Levine
Lydia Liu
Margot Livesey
Julia Lovell
Laurie Maguire
Willy Maley
Alberto Manguel
Ben Marcus
Paul Mariani
Marina Mayoral
Richard McCabe
Campbell McGrath
Jamie McKendrick
Edie Meidav
Jack Miles
Toril Moi
Susana Moore
Laura Mulvey
Azar Nafisi
Paschalis Nikolaou
Martha Nussbaum
Sari Nusseibeh
Tim Parks
Molly Peacock
Pascale Petit
Clare Pettitt
Caryl Phillips
Robert Pinsky
Elena Poniatowska
Elizabeth Powers
Elizabeth Prettejohn
Martin Puchner
Kate Pullinger
Paula Rabinowitz
Rajeswari Sunder Rajan
James Richardson
François Rigolot
Geoffrey Robertson
Ritchie Robertson
Avital Ronell
Élisabeth Roudinesco
Carla Sassi
Michael Scammell
Celeste Schenck
Sudeep Sen
Hadaa Sendoo
Miranda Seymour
Mimi Sheller
Elaine Showalter
Penelope Shuttle
Werner Sollors
Frances Spalding
Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak
Julian Stallabrass
Susan Stewart
Rebecca Stott
Mark Strand
Kathryn Sutherland
Rebecca Swift
Susan Tiberghien
John Whittier Treat
David Treuer
David Trinidad
Marjorie Trusted
Lidia Vianu
Victor Vitanza
Marina Warner
David Wellbery
Edwin Williamson
Michael Wood
Theodore Zeldin

Associate Editor: Jeff Barry
Associate Editor: Neil Langdon Inglis
Assistant Editor: Ana de Biase
Assistant Editor: Sophie Lewis
Assistant Editor: Siska Rappé
Art Consultant: Angie Roytgolz

Click to enlarge picture Click to enlarge picture. Three Poems by Alison Wong  


Meditation on Yangzhou

he sweeps morning
and night enters his pores
as he might over

a good book or a map
of dislocation—if only
they were

in English
he walks and loses

with all this
Chinese food
and language oh

Wei he says
over the line
she is used

to Crikey
My foot is giving me


Yangzhou is a city along the Yangtse River between Nanjing and Shanghai. Wei is the greeting used when answering the phone in Mandarin.



Who Says Old Dogs Can’t Learn New Tricks?

Kevin says beagles can’t bark.
The one next door is timid
and grey-haired but knows how to
howl, thrown back to his wolf fore
bears no doubt, not some cute hound
sniffing out mandarins and
other recreational
drugs. ‘Beagles!’ says Janet. ‘Don’t
be fooled by those gorgeous eyes.
See my grey hair? My beagle
failed puppy school. Never take
a beagle for a walk – it
will pick up a scent and you
won’t see it again for days!’
Curiosity coupled
with persistence did not kill
the cat, merely the beagle
owner. Ruth Ward sought a pooch
with intelligence and a
lot of character, not the
outrageously spirited
rogue her beagle turned out to
be. As secretary of
the Beagle Club she admits,
‘Beagle puppies certainly
are challenging. Our life was
utter chaos for the first
two years but I would not change
a thing. I’m really concerned
that so many delightful
beagles end up in the wrong
homes. The club has a constant
flow of beagles in need of
new, loving, forever homes.’
I look at my new husband.
My Kevin has silver hair,
tidy habits, he has an
intelligent, curious,
persistent nature. He is
not timid, just a little
reserved. ‘Complicated,’ I
say, backed up by Myers-Briggs,
but he won’t admit it. ‘I’m
a simple man... Some people
have such convoluted minds –
I think they must read too much
Ezekial.’ ‘Yes dear,’ I
say, smoothing his beagle brow.


Janet is the award-winning NZ non-fiction writer, Janet Hunt. The poem was inspired by an interview with Ruth Ward, secretary of the NZ Beagle Club, as published in 2009 in Wellington's Dominion Post.



you and i – a conversation

cloud to sky
leaf to wind
toetoe in the shifting dunes


toetoe is the Maori name for a large plumed tussock iconic to the New Zealand landscape