Criticism is an act which involves a restless seeking after the essence of art . . . it must illumine the necessary relation between art and life.— George Core

Fall 2015: Architecture of Death: War and the Literature of War

What choice or choices did I make somewhere along the line to have ended up sitting at this table in these particular ruins?

—Ernest J. Finney, "Come Under"

The last issue of our 123rd year focuses on war literature. Architecture of Death: War and the Literature of War features some fantastic essays, including Richard Tillinghast on Nathan Bedford Forrest and Robert Lacy on the home front during WWII along with essays by George Bornstein, Gerald L. Smith, Christopher Thornton, and Robert G. Walker. Fiction by Margot Demopoulos, Ernest J. Finney, and Ann Lohner. Poetry by Graham Barnhart, Craig Challender, Robert Cooperman, Damien Douglas, Dwight Gray, Kathleen Hellen, Graham Hillard, Lisa McCabe, Michael Miller, Thomas Reiter, and Brian Swann. And reviews by Jonathan Allison, William E. Engel, Pat C. Hoy II, Nancy Revelle Johnson, Jeffrey Meyers and other hands.

"Son, you've lived what
war is: life piled on death. Breath in, breath out.
I'd give you my lungs if I could but this
Will have to do . . .
A taste of sweet, weevil-free. Call me Walt"

—Craig Challender, "Armory Square Hospital: 13th January 1864"

You can see the cover in high definition here.

Sample this issue's fiction here.

Sample an essay from this issue here.

Sample a poem from this issue here.