Interviews

Amy Fusselman in Conversation with Punctuate

In Idiophone, Amy Fusselman’s fourth book of nonfiction, performances of The Nutcracker morph into magicians performing magic tricks which transform into the performative acts of being a mother and being mothered. It’s a slim book comprised of one book-length essay and yet it’s jam-packed…

August 22, 2018
Semi;Colon

Under the Summer Weather

Memoirs about illness and overcoming illness are so popular that they have become a genre unto themselves. The reasons for this are clear. Many, if not most, people have either experienced a serious illness or know someone who has. Therefore, there is a broad…

July 25, 2018
Essays

Marie Harris

Bruised Hearts On the Day Before Something Happened Nothing much happened. August morning on the Parker River Refuge. Shorebirds working the salt pannes. Tree swallows staging for the journey south. Harrier hunting low over the marsh. The last osprey of summer. My first least…

July 24, 2018
Essays

Rich Furman

Has to Go The emergency room doctor clamped down on his right wrist to steel his trembling hand. I shifted my gaze from the confluence of foot and hand to her; she flatly shook her head, a rare, bewildering emptiness. Was this a call…

July 24, 2018
Essays

Leila Philip

Venous Lake It all began with a little black spot on my lower lip. “You should get that looked at,” said the woman at the Aveda store, handing me the rhubarb lipstick I had picked out to cover it. As she stared at my…

July 24, 2018
Essays

Courtney Kiehm

Fort Myers Beach, Florida I walked along the plastic white boardwalk. My feet were sizzling, and I could hear the boards rubbing together. It sounded like someone was twisting a disposable water bottle. I look down at the water, waves crashing up against the…

July 22, 2018
Book Reviews

Negesti Kaudo reviews Hanif Abdurraqib

Just a Kid from Columbus They Can’t Kill Us Until They Kill Us Hanif Abdurraqib 280 pages, Two Dollar Radio, $16.99, November 14, 2017 I’ve had They Can’t Kill Us Until They Kill Us in my backpack for about a month. Its pages are…

July 22, 2018