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July 18, 2005 Issue

Cover art by: Cover by Gene Case & Stephen Kling/Avenging Angels

  • Books and the Arts

    Shoot the Piano Player

    Reviews of The Beat That My Heart Skipped, Me and You and Everyone We Know and other new films.

    Stuart Klawans

  • To the Wires Overhead

    This is the year
    when the swallows did not come back

    you have not noticed

    W.S. Merwin

  • To Being Late

    Again again you are
    the right time after all

    not according to
    however we planned it

    W.S. Merwin

  • To the Margin

    Following the black
    footprints the tracks
    of words that have passed that way
    before me I come
    again and again to
    your blank shore

    W.S. Merwin

  • Mother Nature’s Son

    Novalis's unfinished novel is a kaleidoscope of visions and allegories of nature.

    Ross Benjamin

  • Prosaic Judgments

    Adam Kirsch prefers his own ideas about poetry to actual poems.

    John Palattella

  • The Theater of Cruelty

    The detainee abuses at Abu Ghraib were both a continuation and a divergence from historical prison practices.

    Amitav Ghosh

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