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Contributors
 

Meena Alexander
Jeff Barry
Richard Berengarten 1
Richard Berengarten 2
Richard Berengarten 3
Mashey Bernstein
Denise Duhamel
Geoffrey Heptonstall
Aamer Hussein
Neil Langdon Inglis
Laura Moser
Paschalis Nikolaou 1
Paschalis Nikolaou 2
Sean Rys
Maureen Seaton
Bina Shah
Carole Smith
Angela Topping
Julie Marie Wade
Ronaldo V. Wilson

Issue 21 Guest Artist:
Anne Noble

President: Peter Robertson
Vice-President: Sari Nusseibeh
Vice-President: Elena Poniatowska
Senior Editor-at-Large: Neil Langdon Inglis
Deputy Editor: Allen Hibbard
Deputy Editor: Geraldine Maxwell
Deputy Editor: Jerónimo Mohar Volkow
Deputy Editor: Bina Shah
Advisory Consultant: Jill Dawson
General Editor: Beatriz Hausner
General Editor: Laura Moser
General Editor: Malvina Segui
Art Editor: Calum Colvin
Deputy General Editor: Jeff Barry

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 Boullossa
Rachel Bowlby
Svetlana Boym
Peter Brooks
Marina Brownlee
Roberto Brodsky
Carmen Bugan
Jenni Calder
Stanley Cavell
Sampurna Chattarji
Sarah Churchwell
Hollis Clayson
Sally Cline
Marcelo Cohen
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
Tim Parks
Molly Peacock
Pascale Petit
Clare Pettitt
Caryl Phillips
Robert Pinsky
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
Daniel Shapiro
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

Assistant Editor: Sara Besserman
Assistant Editor: Ana de Biase
Assistant Editor: Conor Bracken
Assistant Editor: Eugenio Conchez
Assistant Editor: Patricia Delmar
Assistant Editor: Lucila Gallino
Assistant Editor: Sophie Lewis
Assistant Editor: Krista Oehlke
Assistant Editor: Siska Rappé
Assistant Editor: Naomi Schub
Assistant Editor: Stephanie Smith
Assistant Editor: Robert Toperter
Assistant Editor: Laurence Webb
Art Consultant: Verónica Barbatano
Art Consultant: Angie Roytgolz

 
Click to enlarge picture Click to enlarge picture. Two Poems
By
Denise Duhamel and Maureen Seaton
 

 



FOUR FICKLE HURRICANES

CAT 2
(96-110 MPH)

Chucky the alligator swims away
when the zoo floods. Deer dog-paddle through streets
and collide with iguanas and tree snails,
the endangered kind that people step on

when the zoo floods and deer dog-paddle through streets
named after turtles: Box, Painted, Red Eared,
the endangered kind that people step on
when they leave hurricane parties tipsy

and named after turtles: Box, Painted, Red Eared.
They cruise along at 9 MPH
when they leave hurricane parties tipsy
and full of wind. Their cheeks bulge with sea foam.

They cruise along at 9 MPH
and collide with iguanas and snails,
trees full of wind, streets bulging with sea foam
and Chucky, passing in the left lane.

CAT 3
(111-130 MPH)

Squalls spin like whisks, wet tornados spiral.
Publix bread aisle, dairy case wiped out,
water spouts sprout—every virile man
surfs from store to store in search of booty.

Publix bread aisle, dairy case wiped out,
women hoard Winn-Dixie figs and body
surf from store to store in search of booty.
On sale: shorts with "JEANNE" written on the butt,

body suits for women hoarding figs at Winn-
Dixie: I SURVIVED FRANCES, they say,
on sale beside the shorts with "JEANNE" on the butt
for tourists in their tube tops and low-ride jeans.

Dixie says to Winn, “I survived Frances,"
water spouts sprouting, every virile man
eyeing tourists in their tube tops and low-ride jeans,
squalls spinning like whisks, tornados spiraling.”

CAT 4
(131-155 MPH)

Whenever I evacuate, I clean
like a little dirt-devil, like a funnel
of Lysol. If I'm washed away, I want
my kids to find my pristine will, no dust

of dirt-devil or lemony Pledge funnel
twirling my secrets around and around.
My kids should find my will pristine, no dust
between the whirls or rust among the swirls

twirling my secrets around and around
my bedposts. I've scoured the moldy grime
between the whirls and rust among the swirls
of the cursive love notes from Don Noe

taped to my bedposts. I’ve scoured the moldy grime
with Lysol, washed away what I wanted
of my cursive love notes from Don Noe,
the ones I find whenever I clean and leave.

CAT 5
(155+ MPH)

Your Red Cross Comfort Kit contains a comb,
toothbrush, paste, washcloth, brush, soap, and shampoo,
and although there is nothing like in-person
medical attention, you'll be given
Bandaids, Advil, and Tums to help you through

until we Wet-Vac emergency rooms.
Your Red Cross Comfort Kit contains a comb,
a forest of pineapple palms, pelicans,
and pranks. Although there is nothing like imper-
sonal red-tape, FEMA will serenade

your six little ones and your senile Dad
until we Wet-Vac emergency rooms
and untangle the seaweed from traffic lights.
A forest of pineapple palms, pelicans,
and nurse sharks (who just might come in handy)

will reoccur in your surfing dreams
as your six little ones and senile Dad
sleepwalk, crushing seashells and sand dollars
and untangling seaweed from traffic lights,
Jung archetypes from nightmares on I-95.

Key West, Labor Day, 1935
will reoccur in your surfing dreams.
A forest of pineapple palms, Band-Aids,
sleepwalkers, seashells, and sand dollars
will keep you safe in a fleet of hurricanes.





DA DA SEXUALITY

Peter Pan still liked to fly after he gained all that weight.