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How to Discipline Your Ornamental Hermit

August 9, 2020

by BENJAMIN PAGE Each morning, provided the weather is right, I take my coffee onto the terrace to survey the West Lawn. I glance at the pond by the eastern redbud trees, the ivy growing along the rotunda. I listen … Read more


July 31, 2020

by SUSAN COMNINOS after William Wordsworth’s “Nuns Fret Not”   Within the sonnet’s scanty plot of ground someone sings off-tune. Someone’s plotted novel flips off-road. Someone’s plot to leave a neutral town — paved over, by shift in plot to … Read more

In the Republic of Venice

June 16, 2020

by Amar Benchikha I am sixteen, Leonora seventeen, both of us unmarried. And because we live with our respective families, we meet regularly in an abandoned little shack to share intimate moments. Neither one of us has any real interest … Read more