November 2010


(Issue 13, section 1: 15 Miami poets)
Elisa Albo
Howard Camner
Adrian Castro
Denise Duhamel
Corey Ginsberg
Michael Hettich
Miriam Levine
Christopher Louvet
Jesse Millner
Barbra Nightingale
Geoffrey Philp
Laura Richardson
Alexis Sellas
Virgil Suárez
Nick Vagnoni

Issue 13 Guest Artist:
Xavier Cortada

President: Peter Robertson
Vice-President: Sari Nusseibeh
Deputy Editor: Jill Dawson
General Editor: Beatriz Hausner
Art Editor: Calum Colvin

Consulting Editors
Marjorie Agosín
Daniel Albright
Meena Alexander
Maria Teresa Andruetto
Frank Ankersmit
Rosemary Ashton
Reza Aslan
Leonard Barkan
Michael Barry
Shadi Bartsch
Thomas Bartscherer
Susan Bassnett
Gillian Beer
David Bellos
Richard Berengarten
Charles Bernstein
Sujata Bhatt
Mario Biagioli
Jean Boase-Beier
Elleke Boehmer
Eavan Boland
Stephen Booth
Alain de Botton
Carmen Boulossa
Rachel Bowlby
Svetlana Boym
Peter Brooks
Marina Brownlee
Roberto Brodsky
Carmen Bugan
Jenni Calder
Stanley Cavell
Sampurna Chattarji
Sarah Churchwell
Hollis Clayson
Sally Cline
Kristina Cordero
Drucilla Cornell
Junot Díaz
André Dombrowski
Denis Donoghue
Ariel Dorfman
Rita Dove
Denise Duhamel
Klaus Ebner
Robert Elsie
Stefano Evangelista
Orlando Figes
Tibor Fischer
Shelley Fisher Fishkin
Peter France
Nancy Fraser
Maureen Freely
Michael Fried
Marjorie Garber
Anne Garréta
Marilyn Gaull
Zulfikar Ghose
Paul Giles
Lydia Goehr
Vasco Graça Moura
A. C. Grayling
Stephen Greenblatt
Lavinia Greenlaw
Lawrence Grossberg
Edith Grossman
Elizabeth Grosz
Boris Groys
David Harsent
Benjamin Harshav
Geoffrey Hartman
François Hartog
Siobhan Harvey
Molly Haskell
Selina Hastings
Valerie Henitiuk
Kathryn Hughes
Aamer Hussein
Djelal Kadir
Kapka Kassabova
John Kelly
Martin Kern
Mimi Khalvati
Joseph Koerner
Annette Kolodny
Julia Kristeva
George Landow
Chang-Rae Lee
Mabel Lee
Linda Leith
Suzanne Jill Levine
Lydia Liu
Margot Livesey
Julia Lovell
Laurie Maguire
Willy Maley
Alberto Manguel
Ben Marcus
Paul Mariani
Marina Mayoral
Richard McCabe
Campbell McGrath
Jamie McKendrick
Edie Meidav
Jack Miles
Toril Moi
Susana Moore
Laura Mulvey
Azar Nafisi
Paschalis Nikolaou
Martha Nussbaum
Sari Nusseibeh
Tim Parks
Molly Peacock
Pascale Petit
Clare Pettitt
Caryl Phillips
Robert Pinsky
Elena Poniatowska
Elizabeth Powers
Elizabeth Prettejohn
Martin Puchner
Kate Pullinger
Paula Rabinowitz
Rajeswari Sunder Rajan
James Richardson
François Rigolot
Geoffrey Robertson
Ritchie Robertson
Avital Ronell
Élisabeth Roudinesco
Carla Sassi
Michael Scammell
Celeste Schenck
Sudeep Sen
Hadaa Sendoo
Miranda Seymour
Mimi Sheller
Elaine Showalter
Penelope Shuttle
Werner Sollors
Frances Spalding
Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak
Julian Stallabrass
Susan Stewart
Rebecca Stott
Mark Strand
Kathryn Sutherland
Rebecca Swift
Susan Tiberghien
John Whittier Treat
David Treuer
David Trinidad
Marjorie Trusted
Lidia Vianu
Victor Vitanza
Marina Warner
David Wellbery
Edwin Williamson
Michael Wood
Theodore Zeldin

Associate Editor: Jeff Barry
Associate Editor: Neil Langdon Inglis
Assistant Editor: Ana de Biase
Assistant Editor: Sophie Lewis
Assistant Editor: Siska Rappé
Art Consultant: Angie Roytgolz

Click to enlarge picture Click to enlarge picture. Handling Destiny: Apology for Returning by Adrian Castro  


Handling Destiny: Apology for Returning

There still remains then—
Your head searches for the blessed bridge
that your feet won’t yet take you

“I respect you & you respect me” said the dialogue
My approach was to unite
(I’ll say that in my apology)

Reached the cold river wide
like groove around dead man’s neck
like trench you leap while
delivering urgent message
(I apologize for my proximity to death)

My place being two blocks from Boulder Creek
Marine Street being so far from ocean
So I began my long walks around Arapahoe
“How to make poetry a divination?”
the way an exile must invent his home

Two blocks away I could hear
the slow trickle of seasons—
Not like Miami
where green, blue, orange
are scattered by heat
the all embracing heat year long
Snow has a way of muffling motion
The echo of heartbeat hides
Not like Miami
where pulse turns words into projectiles
with accents

Then someone said I would not eat
I thought maybe the novelty of outsider
my skin too distracting
But in the mouth of a poisoned arrow
there’s always the hunter’s breath
though I didn’t know quite how to shoot
though I had a quiver of bilingual leather

I brought palm oil & the memory of fried plátanos

my mother moros
It was then my feet began to stir
from the deep rhythm of home
I could hear words from childhood
in a chorus of memory
soundtrack not yet harmonic
I cannot apologize for taking what is mine
the way a mockingbird steals

Because rhythm has no ego
(who owns music of breath?)
I listened to the crack of drums in my sleep
my head to carry my load
to a white stone where there were
chiseled sixteen markings
a footprint that fit my foot
In the dream I would wash this stone with herbs
like Sabe Lección, Siempre Viva, Maravilla
Now I’d have to memorize these marks
make words that articulate them—

Anyone can jump a dry river at night
but who would be owl’s messenger
It was then I vowed to be attendant
at the bridge
at best to make music
out of colors crossing the other side


In Yórùbá, émèrè is a child that dies
is reborn & again...
I apologize for my necessary deaths
There still remains then—

But I am home