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Contributors
 

Fiona Farrell
Beatriz Hausner
Felisberto Hernández
Neil Langdon Inglis
Pippa Little
Ben Mazer
César Moro
Robin Myers
Hérnan Neira
Eugenia Prado Bassi
Peter Robertson
Gonzalo Rojas
Bina Shah
Alejandro Tarrab

Issue 19 Guest Artist:
George Blacklock

President: Peter Robertson
Vice-President: Sari Nusseibeh
Vice-President: Elena Poniatowska
Senior Editor-at-Large: Neil Langdon Inglis
Deputy Editor: Geraldine Maxwell
Advisory Consultant: Jill Dawson
General Editor: Beatriz Hausner
Art Editor: Calum Colvin
Deputy General Editor: Jeff Barry
Deputy General Editor: Jerónimo Mohar

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 Boullossa
Rachel Bowlby
Svetlana Boym
Peter Brooks
Marina Brownlee
Roberto Brodsky
Carmen Bugan
Jenni Calder
Stanley Cavell
Sampurna Chattarji
Sarah Churchwell
Hollis Clayson
Sally Cline
Marcelo Cohen
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
Tim Parks
Molly Peacock
Pascale Petit
Clare Pettitt
Caryl Phillips
Robert Pinsky
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

Assistant Editor: Sara Besserman
Assistant Editor: Ana de Biase
Assistant Editor: Conor Bracken
Assistant Editor: Eugenio Conchez
Assistant Editor: Patricia Delmar
Assistant Editor: Lucila Gallino
Assistant Editor: Sophie Lewis
Assistant Editor: Krista Oehlke
Assistant Editor: Siska Rappé
Assistant Editor: Naomi Schub
Assistant Editor: Stephanie Smith
Assistant Editor: Robert Toperter
Assistant Editor: Laurence Webb
Art Consultant: Verónica Barbatano
Art Consultant: Angie Roytgolz

 
Click to enlarge picture Click to enlarge picture. Morocco by Ben Mazer
 

 



Here in Morocco, Humanity is turning
as down a mountain pass, past the cafe
in spring-time winter, the hour of the blown scarf,
the torturous good-byes beneath a pale sky.
Christos amore dei Christos magnus
I'll be waiting beneath the regular cup,
white as my heart, as this letter,
the snow above, reflected only in your eyes.
A perfect time for springtime. And for skiing.
After the hotel, down we went.
I picked you up in the snows then,
and replaced your mittens, one on each hand,
and you looked at me with a dazed look,
trying to understand,
as I picked you up and brushed you off,
and then you brushed me, and it,
turning.
I lie awake alert at night,
sometimes in the same hotel, listening to the moose crossing,
naming the colleges and towns I've seen,
the lodges, and the roadstands,
the inns, the establishments,
the factories, the state monuments . . .
idly in the dark.
A lone radio
cries out the combination
that would turn my heart in yours,
I would turn to return to you,
garbled though, like everything in this cylindrical bubble, --
who have left me in no gladness,
lady of the technicolor and peak madness,
Russian who jumped out of a cake
to find me charming,
as I had only dreamed myself
(though "he led a charmed life", they said),
someone who I could talk to.
Why is this disrupt
at the edge of a dark night
in other circumstance?
At any rate they come,
the silver on the table reflecting their uproar,
this exodus of military civil servants,
as civil as can be, here in Morocco.
They thread the horizon in the eye of god.
When I was a child, I was shown an old book,
over-sized, of colored maps
you could pull out.
They traced the fortunes of the several states.
Bespoke of sieges. Masteries. Culture.
An evocation of the uniquely delectable
hidden within their knowing cloud of code,
the blatant portent of their colophon.
I buried myself here, and in imperial avuncular voices
the planners of the state bespoke on siege of war,
huddling the horses of a carousel
into color, orange, red, green . . .
I trifoliated the mecums of chance,
the polyfugals of index.
I restored the primeval indicator
its absence absolute.
Inhumanly as possible
I culled the grass.
My mother rode me by the English canal.
I was shown an old book,
kept under a pillow,
to memorize against my brother,
at an early, impressionable age.
The prize of the moon
I wanted for someone only,
as the sun sank. Brilliant city!
I wait for you, tired by the canal,
to deliver me of these letters,
these vocables of pebbles in a stream,
the word I am for you.