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Levis Remembered
Reading Loop Introduction and Table of Contents

Nick Lantz
   Amputation Transcript, a Redaction 
   Harry Harlow in the Pit of Despair 
   Lions Are Fed Donkeys in Baghdad Zoo: YouTube 
   “Of Dogges” 
   Waiting with the Donkey 
   “Whether the World be finite, and but one” 

14th Annual Levis Reading Prize
   A Reading by Nick Lantz 
   A Conversation with Nick Lantz

Gregory Kimbrell
   Review | We Don't Know We Don't Know, by Nick Lantz

Larry Levis
   Elegy with an Angel at its Gate
   Four Facsimile Drafts
   Levis at Laurel and China II & Street Art
   Levis in Hawaiian Shirt

Tom Sleigh
   How to Make a Toilet-Paper-Roll Blowgun: Alternatives to Akhmatova
      in Mahmoud Darwish, Jean Genet, and Tomas Tranströmer

Poems in Sequence
Reading Loop Introduction and Table of Contents

Malachi Black
   Sequence Introduction: A Note on “Quarantine”

Adam Day
   Sequence Introduction: Vicious Only When Necessary
      Badger on the Whaler
      Off to Work
      On the Shrink’s Couch

Anita Felicelli
   Sequence Introduction: Words No Longer There
      but I to you of a white goat (fragment 40)
      the doorkeeper’s feet are seven armlengths long (fragment 110)
      no more than the bird with piercing voice (fragment 30)
      the one with violets in her lap (fragment 21)

Rebecca Morgan Frank
   Sequence Introduction: Close Quarters
      Santo Tomas

Douglas S. Jones
   Sequence Introduction: Non-Destinations
      Caught in a Conundrum of What He Knows about Food, Sexy
           Questions His Nerves
      Sexy Speaks to the Conductor

Matthew Kaler
   Sequence Introduction: Broken Saints
      A Letter to the Midwife from the Boxer
      The Lost Boxer
      The Midwife’s Antimony

Matthew Little
   Sequence Introduction: Invisible Remains
      Translating Issa #4
      Translating Issa #11
      Translating Issa #32
      Translating Issa #49

Alessandra Lynch
   Sequence Introduction: Telegramming
      AGITATION: book of telegrams
      AGITATION: conduct
      AGITATION: reconciliation

Nadine Sabra Meyer
   Sequence Introduction: Modest Interiors
      Woman and Child Blowing Bubbles
      Woman Weighing Gold

Lisa Russ Spaar
   Sequence Introduction: Offerings
      St. Bed of Snow
      St. Home

Martha Silano
   An Interview with Sarah Vap

Sean Siobhan
   Debts and Debtors: An Interview with R.H.W. Dillard

Randy Marshall
   Review | What Is Owed the Dead, by R.H.W. Dillard

Jesmyn Ward
   A Reading by Jesmyn Ward 

David Roby
   Unseen Character Suite: Introduction and Menu 

Amy Beeder
   The Minor Characters As They Appear

John Ravenal
   Xu Bing: Tobacco Project

Hannah Wood
   Science Experiment to Test the Durability of a Chemical Bond
        Between Romeo and Juliet

Belle Boggs
   Death Panel

Mark Jarman
   Carver by the Sea
   Fall Prayer
   A Swan from Prague

Steven Glass & Howard Risatti
   Art & Artifice video

Jamaal May
   Ask What I’ve Been
   Man Matching Description

Joy Katz
   His Sounds
   The Imagination, Drunk with Prohibitions
   Suicide Cascade

Charlie Clark
   Gram Parsons
   Listening to Sun Ra, Birds Convene Outside My Window

Wesley Gibson
   The Raccoon

Bryn Chancellor
   When Are You Coming Home?

Adrianne Harun
   Two Girls Off Quarry Road

Elaine Neil Orr
   Driving the Peugeot

Traci Brimhall
   Our Lady of the Ruins
   Sans Terre
   To Poison the Lion

Sandra Beasley
   Review | Rookery, by Traci Brimhall

Erica Dawson
   Florida Funeral
   Gave Proof
   Langston Hughes’s Grandma Mary Writes a Love Letter to Lewis Leary
        Years After He Dies Fighting at Harper’s Ferry

Erica Wright
   In Defense of Ophidia

Diane Seuss
   Either everything is sexual, or nothing is. Take this flock of poppies
   I went downtown and went down

Katherine Conner
   Panther Stalks Hinds County

Arlene Kim
   Bird Call
   Paper Suns

Bob Hicok
   All my love poems are to her and everything and stupid
   The big day
   The missing
   Once more into the breach of an unavoidably American argument
   Practice makes imaginary backhands perfect

Steve Gehrke

Keith Ekiss
   Electronic News: Nagasaki
   Explaining Shockley
   Russian Winters

Sarah Layden

H.L. Spelman
   Colonel Lindbergh Returns, 1948
   On the Pennsylvania State Road Atlas
   Still Life

Leon Weinmann

Matthew Nienow

Clifford Garstang
   The Replacement Wife

Avery Beckendorf
   Review | Mathilda Savitch, by Victor Lodato

Michaux Dempster
   Review | In the Time of the Girls, by Anne Germanacos

Ross Losapio
   Review | If You Have Ghosts, by John Pursley III

Emilia Phillips
   Review | Wait, by Alison Stine

Robert Vivian
   Review | Beyond Katrina: A Meditation on the Mississippi Gulf Coast,
                by Natasha Trethewey

Susan Settlemyre Williams
   Review | Persons Unknown, by Jake Adam York and Pleasure, by Brian Teare

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