Spring 2016: The Dark Perplexity of Suffering

The spring issue of our 124th year, which focuses on fiction and its criticism, will feature stories by James Colgan, Peter Makuck, Dennis McFadden, Kent Nelson, and H. William Rice; essays by William E. Cain (on Willa Cather), Robert Lacy (on Mary McCarthy), Nick Ripatrazone (on belief in fiction), Gladys Swan (on writing the novel); remembrances of Helen Norris Bell, Bill Harrison, and James Salter; a theatre review by Pamela Royston Macfie; reviews by Fred Hobson (on Styron), Merritt Moseley (on James Wood), George Core, and other hands; poetry by A. M. Brandt, Suzanne Cleary, Simon Hunt, Wesley McNair, David Middleton, Sarah Rossiter, Molly Tamarkin, Elizabeth Crowell.

 

Then, without ceremony . . . there you are—

one of the inviolate survivors

of the corner shipwreck.

The flame is flickering. A storm is rising.

Somewhere black seeds hidden in black soil

are taking root.

—A.M. Brandt, "A Solitary Romance"