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Issue 59. January 2016

JANE FLETT Monsters

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Sermonette and Tom meet at a concert. Tom is at the mic. Sermonette is watching. They go on to skirmish and flirt, resisting the monsters of Jane Flett's title even as those monsters grow within them. The narrative seethes with passion and inventive language as it takes us through this richly unconventional love story. (19:54)

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MAJOR JACKSON Three Poems

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Major Jackson reads three poems from his latest collection Roll Deep: "Cries and Whispers," "Mighty Pawns," and "Cordoba: Mezquita". The Drum's Poetry Editor Kirun Kapur introduces the poems. (6:50)

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S.E. CLARK Foxes

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S. E. Clark's "Foxes" places us in an unsettling world part fairy tale, part parable, in which the innocent and the sinister battle in the lives of children. Clark's spare prose tells the tale of a small community preyed upon in subtle ways by the story's eponymous foxes. (9:33)

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KATIE DEPASQUALE What The Spirit Rabbits Know

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An earthquake shakes the narrator's world just as she is shocked by news of a friend's death. But it's in the violence done to the natural order that she registers her loss. Tending for a rabbit, the narrator of Katie DePasquale's "What The Spirit Rabbits Know" comes to understand some part of what makes us mortal and alive, what gives us a fragile resilience. (7:22)

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