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Big Other Anthology 2019

 

Caveat lector: the following pieces of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, etc.—all published this year in Big Otherare feral, that is, fierce and unruly, that is, these literary artworks upset conventional norms of writing, of thinking, of envisioning and realizing what is possible in writing, in creative expression period. Here you’ll find superb writing by Pulitzer Prize winners, National Book Award winners, and other award winners among superb writing by a host of literary artists “established” and “emerging,” but what is an artist but someone who deliberately falls and rises, sinks and surfaces, vanishes and materializes, who continually comes into being through evolution?

 

Arthur Sze
Blackcap

 

Rae Armantrout
Three Poems

 

Debra Di Blasi
Otherwise (Eulogy for Diane)

 

Forrest Gander
Two Poetry-Films

 

Karen An-hwei Lee
A Ballad of the Lost Octopodes

 

John Yau
Four Poems

 

Sarah Blackman
The County Coroner

 

Daniel Borzutzky
Poem #1022

 

D. A. Powell
Kissing Rimbaud

 

Aimee Parkison
What Goes on Near the Water

 

Samuel R. Delany
Reading Díaz

 

Lance Olsen
169 Tweets on the Nature of Possibility

 

Doug Rice
A Refusal to Disappear

 

Ewa Chrusciel
Selections from Mental Aviary

 

Michael Leong
From “Disorientations”

 

Edwin Torres
Five Poems

 

Peter Markus
In This Tree

 

Robert Lopez
The Future Home of the Wymans

 

Jane Ciabattari
Acqua Alta

 

Rone Shavers
Four Crônicas

 

Lisa Russ Spaar
Five Poems

 

Stephanie Strickland
Two Poems

 

Kim Chinquee
Four Fictions

 

Laura Cronk
Three Poems”

 

Albert Mobilio
Five Poems

 

Victoria Redel
Seven Poems

 

Terese Svoboda
Five Poems

 

Micah Zevin
Five Poems

 

Miranda Mellis
No Doubt Perhaps

 

Shira Dentz
Six Poems

 

Gary Sloboda
Seven Poems

 

Jefferson Hansen
Three Poems

 

Elaine Equi
Four Poems

 

Danielle Pafunda
Three Poems

 

Kailey Tedesco
Five Poems

 

Erika Bojnowski
Five Poems

 

Charles Bernstein and Ted Greenwald
Two Poems from The Course

 

Jessie Janeshek
Five Poems

 

Tom La Farge
Ode from a Mockingbird

 

Davis Schneiderman
Drone-Space Modulator

 

Laynie Browne
Poems

 

Joshua Marie Wilkinson
The Night Was Curiously Mild

 

Marjorie Welish
Bird Watching

 

Andrew Joron
Two Poems

 

Will Alexander
From On Solar Physiology

 

John Reed
Three Poems

 

William Walsh
Modes of Imitation and To the Art of Rhetoric

 

Brendan Lorber
Ten Poems

 

Joanna C. Valente
Five Poems

 

Tony Trigilio
Eight Poems

 

Nik De Dominic
Five Poems

 

William Lessard
Two Poems

 

Cole Swensen
Two Poems

 

Joe Milazzo
Two Poems

 

David Leo Rice
From Angel House

 

Michael Martone
Two Fictions

 

Debra Di Blasi
Every Fly’s Ascendant

 

Louis Armand
From Gagarin

 

Harold Abramowitz
(Our Real Limbs)

 

Tobias Carroll
An Oblation

 

Andrew Joron
Lunagrad

 

Roberta Allen
A Way to Go

 

Karen Heuler
Words, Words, Words, in Other Words

 

Cris Mazza
Cliché Alert

 

Joe Pan
JFK Reconsidered

 

J. A. Tyler
Strange Weather: Dispatch #X24

 

Michael Joyce
From Remedia: A Picaresque

 

Olivia Kate Cerrone
Where They Bury the Waste

 

Alissa Hattman
Three Fictions

 

John Domini
Fish Story, Hoodie Howl

 

Osama Alomar
Four Fictions

 

Lynn Crawford
Same Sky

 

Margo Berdeshevsky
Tattoo Tribal

 

Peter Markus
This Boy’s Tongue

 

Babak Lakghomi
Here to Forget

 

Norman Lock
From Feast Day of the Cannibals

 

Tina May Hall
Three Fictions

 

Curtis White
An Autofiction

 

Laurie Stone
Letter

 

Kim Chinquee
Three Fictions

 

Nick Francis Potter
Regarding

 

Rodgrigo Toscano
The Poetics of Readiness: An Interview with Benjamin Aleshire

 

Jared Daniel Fagen
Détourned Dada: Paul Nougé’s Aphoristic Ad Performance

 

Tyrone Williams
Only a Cry Absent Its Mouth

 

Brian Kiteley
On the Art of Wearing Yourself Out

 

Renée E. D’Aoust
Paw to the Paw to the Paw to the Paw

 

Sean Lovelace
How to Begin: Purple Bra, Prompt as Metaphor, Hiss/Kiss/Howl of Dogs, of the Falling Clouds, (roiling, roiling…), Sarah

 

Jimmy Chen
What Wood Jesus Do?

 

Grace Campbell
The Road Is a Shot Glass Half-Full

 

Gabriel Blackwell
Two Essays

 

Brendan Lorber
How a Poem Happens to Happen

 

Ken Sparling
Up Against the World: Resisting Sarki in His Mewl House

 

Pedram Navab
Always Arriving a Little Too Early: A Nocturne

 

Tyrone Williams
Reviewing Reviewing: Ethos and Praxis

 

John Madera's fiction may be found in Conjunctions, Opium Magazine, The &Now Awards 2: The Best Innovative Writing, and many other journals. His criticism may be found in American Book Review, Bookforum, The Review of Contemporary Fiction, Rain Taxi: Review of Books, The Believer, The Brooklyn Rail, and many other venues. Recipient of an M.F.A. in Literary Arts from Brown University, John Madera lives in New York City, where he runs Rhizomatic and manages and edits Big Other.

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