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Issue 53. April 2015

ETHAN GILSDORF Me And My Orion

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Ethan Gilsdorf finds perspective and a sense of belonging in the night sky. His essay "Me And My Orion" recalls the stars in that constellation and links him, and us, to the vast movements and the stillness above us. (6:05)

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TRACY HAHN-BURKETT Cover Story

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A child's complicated response to complicated power--her own and that of her parents--underlies the critical moment Tracy Hahn-Burkett narrates in her short story "Cover Story". Hahn-Burkett's fiction is a terse investigation of the violence in self-assertion. (6:37)

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GILMORE TAMNY Gretchen Was Abducted

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In "Gretchen Was Abducted," a woman recalls with wry humor the night she was taken in error from a slumber party. Gilmore Tamny's short story offers a dispassionate exploration of haplessness and desperation, adventure and survival. (11:42)

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BRIAN BURT a poem and an interview

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Brian Burt reads his poem "Ars Poetica" and discusses its origin and themes with Poetry Editor Kirun Kapur. Burt talks about the registers of poetic language, the tradition of the ars poetica, Rilke, and his passion for bicycles and cycling. (17:39)

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