Table of Contents

Volume 107

No. 4

December 2019

Editor’s Note
Meghan O’Rourke

Nonfiction

In Centennial
The only ones left alive
Cathy Park Hong

Loss
When yearning is pleasure
Sarah Manguso

A Common Seagull
The lessons of art
Sheila Heti

Ghosts in My Nursery
The brother I never knew
Miranda Featherstone

Changing My Mind
On sources, revision, and order
Lydia Davis

Still to Love
For J. D. McClatchy
Langdon Hammer

The Skin You’re In
On living in—and losing—a body
Molly McCully Brown

Stereopticon
Twelve ways of looking at my mother
Emily Bernard

Broken Doll
A daughter’s suicide in another country
Carlos Manuel Álvarez

Fiction

Husband and Wife During the Nightly News
Idra Novey

Breathing Exercise
Raven Leilani

Save the Pedestals
Ivan Vladislavić

Poetry

First Snow
Nostos
Hades
Aria Aber

Sting
Halter
Kevin Young

A New Direction in American Poetry
A Folio

The Editors

Ceremony
Greenish Picture
Blood
Margaret Ross

Bent Lyre
The Stronger
San Francisco
Sandra Lim

Sestina Where Every End Word Is Lyndon Johnson
When I Met Sharon Olds She Told Me to Write A Poem About LBJ’s Penis
Sasha Debevec-McKenney

The Hell Test (Seven Springs)
Daniel Poppick

Don’t Let Me Down
Sarah Trudgeon

For Alain
Anaïs Duplan

Information Desk
Robyn Schiff

Leviathan
Worry
Vidyan Ravinthiran

Study of Two Figures (Agave/Pentheus)
Monica Youn

Photography

Consuelo Kanaga

Interview

Ben Lerner on writing and magic pills
Catherine Barnett

Reviews

Furious Permissions
On Susan Sontag
Brian Dillon

Styles of Radical Illness
Anne Boyer’s new memoir
Laura Kolbe

The Dolphin Letters
Robert Lowell’s infamous book
Dan Chiasson

San Francisco, 1956
The legacy of Robert Frank
Jim Lewis