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Etgar Keret's giving a talk at the UI 10/22! Here's his "Fatso" from our archives...

TIR staff

Etgar Keret—Israeli writer, former IWP visiting writer, and TIR contributor—will be giving a lecture and signing books at the University of Iowa this Thursday! More info here. 

We published his short story "Fatso" in our Fall 2002 issue. Here it is. (If this doesn't make you want to go his lecture, what will?!)



"Gazing at maps" and glimpsing poetry: TRIBUTARIES by Laura Da'

Alanna Hickey

Tributaries, the first book-length collection by Shawnee poet Laura Da’, begins with a scene of childbirth by Caesarean section. With an “abrasion that draws the past glistening into the present,” this commanding debut opens with a reflection on openings—the ruptures in our histories, geographies, and bodies that, following Da’s attentive gaze, demand we take a closer look. In poems that intertwine personal memoir, familial past, traditional Shawnee storytelling, and the history of Indian Removal, Da’ sifts through the painful records of Shawnee life under U.S. colonial power to remind us that archives, too, can come “glistening into the present.” 

"The Spirit the Triumph" by C.K. Williams

TIR staff

We were saddened to learn of the recent passing of Pulitzer Prize- and National Book Award-winner C.K. Williams. We're honored to have published his poem "The Spirit the Triumph" in 1970 (vol. 1/4):

do you remember learning to tie your shoes?
astonishing! the loops you had to make the delicate
adjustments the pulling-through tightening impossible!
the things we learn!
putting a bridle on a horse when he's headshy
getting your hands under a girl's sweater
no wonder we are the crown of all that exists
we can do anything how we climb chimneys
how we put one foot on the gas one on the clutch
and make the car go nothing too difficult nothing!

Jennifer Moxley’s THE OPEN SECRET

Davy Knittle

If Jennifer Moxley is the speaker of the poems in her new collection The Open Secret (Flood Editions, 2014), she is a number of people. If she is “the poet” and also the “I” of the poems, and I, as the reader, am the “you,” because the “I” is also sometimes the “you,” we might be each other. Personhood is fluid, as she writes in “Evacuations”: 

                                             …The poet starts
counting in order to show the “active” reader
that counting is intentional and structure meaningful,
and both are true. Repetition is also a convenient device.
If I just repeat things, people will take note. If I think
about the past my life will seem to have a kind of
structure. But sometimes you need a new recipe.  


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