Matthew Zapruder

  YOUR STORY dear old friend are you angry why won’t you write me beloved teacher is what I called you in my mind mild morning california depressing light uncertainly standing between the rooms I ask myself why such anger I walk downtown busy worrying all day I feel I am sure a man is [...]

Print Friendly

Read more...

Franz Wright

  WINTER BRANCHES AS TERMINAL SYMPTOMS Black crayons blindly scribbling, identical name diamond-etched in the blue mirror of oxygen; glass branch conducting, waving at you and only you. Window window in the wall, what’s that crossing the sky without sound? Lone bomber with plenty of fuel but no country to return to. So, a few of the not so meek [...]

Print Friendly

Read more...

Roberto Tejada

  ELEVATOR INVENTION … Language-learner fearful of error as to pronounce the Americans as partway back from the dead devoid of the primary sources, phrase in semicircle, who could tell by the handwork, lever left by the glass-piece, radiance by flexible curve and grommet. Safebox at the stroke of twelve, and in the Georgian corridors [...]

Print Friendly

Read more...

Mathias Svalina

  CHILD Step one: Obtain a newly born human baby. Step two: Every morning tell it it is magnificent. Every night tell it it is an abomination. Repeat this process every day until the child moves out of your house. Step three: Proceed with the usual child-things: love, uniforms, etc. Step four: The full sum [...]

Print Friendly

Read more...

Sanchari Sur

BOYS WILL BE BOYS boys will be boys, dida used to say, the clichéd refrain ringing out every time my “boy” cousin got himself entangled into nightmares of his own making. like when he broke dadu’s murano vase while playing cricket, a gift from one of his well-to-do foreign returned students, or when he was [...]

Print Friendly

Read more...

Jamie Quatro

  A Cupcake Boutique of One’s Own (or, Mrs. Woolf Said She Would End the Recession Herself) But, you may say, we asked you to speak about the current economic recession; what has it got to do with a cupcake boutique of one’s own? I will try to explain. I sat down upon a kitchen [...]

Print Friendly

Read more...

Rodney Nelson

DITTY the falcons had come in March along with high water it did not want to be spring whatever it had been the water was not leaving but the falcons were here and every turn of wing said die to a pigeon the cold earth and its layer had to give up to sun but [...]

Print Friendly

Read more...

Samina Najmi

→ 2012 Map Literary Nonfiction Prize ← ABDUL      for my Abbu           As a professor of multiethnic American literature, I often teach the writings of immigrant authors. We ponder what it means to speak of “home” and belonging, and their opposites: homelessness, exile, and the experience of displacement so layered that people can spend their lifetimes unpeeling, unfolding, [...]

Print Friendly

Read more...

Adam Moorad

HEART OF OCCIDENT Prologue It was the dry end of a bender. The earth was scorched and fissured. The masses elevated the fools into rich heroes. The sky rained missiles. Night became perpetual. The land was ash, the air dust. I raked for poker chips in the rubble of Harrah’s. A scrawny blonde strumpet approached [...]

Print Friendly

Read more...

Joseph Massey

  WRACK ZONE It’s the ocean sounding out a panic I otherwise couldn’t pronounce. Ouroboric vowel fixed to a low sky’s loop of variable white. • Decayed rope of bull-head kelp distends from tide- tamped sand. Mind mirrors that surface, shape, at the moment I imagine if I thought far enough I’d leave my face. [...]

Print Friendly

Read more...

Joshua Mckinney

  INVASION Strides the warrior forth from a GameStop, bearing a blast shield with a blazon gules; its coded constellations, bullet-peened, embed the absent meaning of the war. The event escapes, but KryonMYnuTs rules: 30 kills: 4 deaths and no air strikes intervened. The kill-cam’s slow-mo captures every death, creates an image of purpose as [...]

Print Friendly

Read more...

Tara McDaniel

CARNAGE IN THE TIME OF GAGA:  A ROMP IN THE AESTHETIC FIELD OF GURLESQUE POETICS   A decade ago two Gen X female poets, Lara Glenum and Arielle Greenberg, identified an emerging trend among disparate female poets born of the same generation. It was not a theory or an organized movement but rather a new [...]

Print Friendly

Read more...

Reb Livingston

REPORT FROM BEHIND THE CASTLE To deal with the King, one must go behind the curtain in the castle—for the best interest of everything official. This way the people won’t notice. So much. They will not care to notice. Am I about to marry to the King? There are ladies here. Ladies mounting one another. [...]

Print Friendly

Read more...

Eleanor Leonne Bennett

                                                Eleanor Leonne Bennett is a photographer and artist whose award-winning work has been showcased by National Geographic, the World Photography Organisation, Nature’s Best Photography, Papworth Trust, Mencap, The Woodland Trust and [...]

Print Friendly

Read more...

Katie Kohler

2012 Map Literary Nonfiction Contest Honorable Mention     10/31/98           I am a cautionary tale. I am the after-school special you tell your college-bound daughter to watch, the pamphlet on drinking/date rape/safe sex you pick up at the university health center. If you work up the nerve to listen to my story, you cannot help [...]

Print Friendly

Read more...

Bob Hicok

Things I never would have said at the job interview As an executioner, I’d have been inclined to show the dead man’s head his dead man’s body after the whisk of the guillotine, giving his mouth a last chance to move in the shapes of a name he’d never say again, Catherine is a lovely set [...]

Print Friendly

Read more...

Kate Greenstreet

549 At the time when things were formed and put in place, could be “icy” or “i cry.” You do what the man wants, don’t you? It’s like how money is based on gold. There are no windows. No source of light apart from the projections of old movies. Just those films of the carnival [...]

Print Friendly

Read more...

Diane Glancy

THE EXECUTION OF WATER   Table of Contents Book i of John Cadenza Book ii of John Cadenza Book iii of John Cadenza Book iv of John Cadenza Book v of John Cadenza Book vi of John Cadenza Book vii of John Cadenza Book viii of John Cadenza Book ix of John Cadenza Book One [...]

Print Friendly

Read more...

Ian Ganassi

FOLLOWUP STORY How many lashes to make price water house As my mascara runs down an alley? He’s no fun, he falls right over. Standing where I am, thinking about where I’m not. A sad part, but of the show. Sitting for his portrait, What would be The opposite of Dorian Gray? And in the [...]

Print Friendly

Read more...

Joe Fletcher

THREE VACATIONS Desirous to spend some time in the neighborhood where Nerval hanged himself, I looked into renting a room in Montmartre. A friend of mine, a successful photographer, put me in touch with an acquaintance of hers, Étienne Carroll, who lived there but who would be vacationing during the month of August. He promptly [...]

Print Friendly

Read more...