Issue 35: A Loss For Words


There is so much than we can ever say, and we must still try to say. In this issue, our contributors explore what Marilyn Robinson calls “the frontiers of the unsayable.” They struggle for words in the face of disease and deaths, weddings and music. Each piece brings us to the end of ourselves, a process which is both frightening and good. They help us to confront the limits of what we can articulate.

In this issue, we reach those limits in conversations with a generous, wholehearted family of Kurdish immigrants, in silences after unspeakable tragedies, through the eyes of a person with Alzheimer’s. Our contributors look at the beauty and agony of what cannot be said, all of them humbly reminding us to imagine the great unknown—at all of those things that leave us, in the end, at a loss for words. 

FEATURING  2015 VanderMey Nonfiction Prize judged by Scott Russell Sanders

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Blessed Are the Pure in Heart, D.L. Mayfield
"If You Want It To Last...", Elizabeth Dark Wiley
Naked: A Triptych, Shannon Huffman Polson

Listening for Madeliene by Leonard S. Marcus, Melanie Springer Mock

The World is Beautiful before it is True, Zahra Nazari
City #79, Nahra Nazari
Fictious Structures + Imaginary Landscapes series, Zahra Nazari
Points of Departure series, Zahra Nazari
Family Tree series, Eunice Choi
Family Tree #10, Eunice Choi
Family Tree #12, Eunice Choi

At a Loss, Jason Tandon
A Dream of Departure, Jason Tandon
False Idols, Jessica Piazza
Into, Agan, Jessica Piazza
Impetus, Skye Shirley
Aphasia, Skye Shirley
Swallowing the Body, Jeremy Windham
In My Family We Don't Talk Politics, Kevin Weidner
And They Sang a New Song, Tania Runyan
The Babylon in My Body, Tania Runyan
Roman Holiday, Sarah Wetzel
Nostalgia, Sarah Wetzel
Empathy, Kevin McLellan
Alzheimer's Ode, Esteban Ismael
Getting a Life Sentence, Esteban Ismael
from The Heart Pine Imprecations, Brent House
Off the Yard, Christopher Yates
Above the Walled Garden after the Wedding, Christopher Yates

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