atlantic fiction issue ’09.

atlanticThere’s a lot of really wonderful, intriguing writing in this year’s Atlantic fiction issue, including stories and essays by Margaret Atwood, Alice Sebold, Monica Ali, and Paul Theroux, to name a few. Just a little summer reading suggestion from me to you. I highly recommend reading “Voices of Love” and “The Laugh,” my two favorite pieces in the issue and both available online. Past issues are available here. Here’s a great poem by J. Allyn Rosser. Happy reading! xo, m

Swan Song of the Last Believer
How to know when to cry out?
At the incipient prickle of doubt
mistaken for a subtle rise
in temperature? Or at the doubt
after that, threatening to affirm
your most miserable surmise?
Or when more insidious doubts start
multiplying—start to dance
and surge chaotically like sperm,
too speedy and paisley to chart?
Or on the first panicky glance
at the vast hall that once was crowded,
the barely hearable gasp and soft
stumble of the one beside you? When
the one beside you is suddenly not
beside you? When memory of that one
grows too distant not to be doubted?

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