32.1 Winter/Spring 2020

Table of Contents

Authors in this issue: Jim Whiteside, Jianan Qian, Beth Steidle, Micah Fields, Brett Hanley, Jillian Polaski, Lisa Lewis, Roberto Tejada, Lydia Davis, Julie Marie Wade, Carlina Duan, Erica Berry, Michael Dhyne, William Logan, Justin Jannise, Bruno Ríos, Charlotte Wyatt, Charlotte Pence, Daniel Peña, Safia Elhillo, Ryunosuke Akutagawa transl. by Ryan C.K. Choi, Sarah Gambito, Jehanne Dubrow, Lindsay Lusby, Toby Altman, Chloe Honum, Hannah Withers, Gemma Gorga transl. by Sharon Dolin, Burke Butler, Essy Stone, Kazim Ali, Robin Reagler, Max Seifert, Courtney Queeney, Elissa Washuta, Mahak Jain, Teo Mungaray, Thirii Myo Kyaw Myint, Natalie Shapero, Mark Levine, Debbie Urbanski, Min Kang, Izzy Casey, Bill Arning and Juliana Huxtable, Margaret Cipriano, Alycia Pirmohamed, Julia Brennan, Preeti Vangani, Ana Portnoy Brimmer,

Fiction

2019 Gulf Coast Prize in Fiction:
True…

Hannah Withers

I needed Alice to go with me to the Baha’i temple in Wilmette because she’d agreed to model in a photo series I was doing—white girls co-opting global cultures. I was calling it Multi-Culti, and it was one of several attempts I was making…

Poetry

2019 Gulf Coast Prize in Poetry:
Hinge

Alycia Pirmohamed

Tonight, I am all joint and animal dark. My heel blots out the moon, / vanishes the small nod of light. And yes, / I prayed today, verging into my bismillah before settling / on the broken.

Non-Fiction

2019 Gulf Coast Prize in Nonfiction:
Hunting…

Julia Brennan

I once told him, “I think I’m dying here,” and he reached behind my head for the orange pill bottle. He dumped the oxy into my hand. The drug he took for migraines and back pains. “I won’t make it past thirty-five,” he said. “I have a very…

Poetry

After Marriage

Robin Reagler

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Poetry

2 Poems

Kazim Ali

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Non-Fiction

Bulking

Elissa Washuta

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Fiction

A Secure Form of Living

Mahak Jain

The position was meant to be temporary, covering for the receptionist at a dental clinic while she visited family for four weeks.

Poetry

2 Poems

Max Seifert

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Poetry

2 Poems

Courtney Queeney

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Poetry

2 Poems

Ana Portnoy Brimmer

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Poetry

Self Portrait with Praying Mantis and Rain

Chloe Honum

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Poetry

Hide-and-Seek

Gemma Gorga transl. by Sharon Dolin

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Poetry

Fury Water Adventures

Preeti Vangani

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Non-Fiction

Returned to God

Burke Butler

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Poetry

2 Poems

Essy Stone

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Poetry

Kindness

Teo Mungaray

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Non-Fiction

The Misadventures of Ba Gyi U Taung

Thirii Myo Kyaw Myint

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Poetry

In All Seriousness

Margaret Cipriano

Head full of fishes.
Someone says complicate the blue.
I do. I do. I do.

Interviews

Hybrid Theory: An Interview with Juliana Huxtable

Bill Arning and Juliana Huxtable

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Poetry

2 Poems

Izzy Casey

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Poetry

Lying is Getting

Natalie Shapero

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Poetry

2 Poems

Mark Levine

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Fiction

A Brief Update on Language at the End of the…

Debbie Urbanski

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Poetry

real estate will eventually devastate you

Min Kang

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Poetry

from To Feel Things and Their Names

Toby Altman

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Poetry

Presswife

Lindsay Lusby

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Art

Latinx Art in the Future Imperfect

Roberto Tejada

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Fiction

3 Stories

Lydia Davis

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Poetry

Portrait of Jealousy as a James Bond Villain

Julie Marie Wade

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Poetry

Section 14

Carlina Duan

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Poetry

Secretive

Lisa Lewis

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Poetry

The Motherer/The Mothered

Jillian Polaski

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Fiction

The Matchmaker

Jianan Qian

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Poetry

Parable

Jim Whiteside

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Fiction

Ex

Beth Steidle

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Non-Fiction

Tarp Town

Micah Fields

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Poetry

2 Poems

Brett Hanley

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Non-Fiction

The Cabin in the Woods

Erica Berry

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Poetry

Louisiana

Michael Dhyne

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Poetry

Infibulation Study

Safia Elhillo

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Fiction

4 Stories

Ryunosuke Akutagawa transl. by Ryan C.K. Choi

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Poetry

Dorothy Santos: 12 Short Films

Sarah Gambito

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Poetry

Early Mornings in Anger and Thaw

Jehanne Dubrow

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Non-Fiction

Erection Before a Burial

Daniel Peña

Unaccustomed to performing without instruments, Los Guaraguao’s hands moved everywhere: through their hair, over their chests, into their pockets, through their hair again.

Poetry

If It Ever Leaves, Where Does It Go?

Charlotte Pence

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Poetry

The Very Rich

William Logan

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Reviews

2 Reviews

Justin Jannise

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Reviews

Politics of Intimacy: Jericho Brown’s The Tradition

Bruno Ríos

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Reviews

No Separate Thing Called Nature:
An Interview…

Charlotte Wyatt

The Pulitzer Prize-winning author talks to Gulf Coast about trees, the transformative power of storytelling, and how writers might respond—and stay responsive to—the unique demands of this moment in both human- and tree-time.