Philip Beidler traces the life of poet Gertrud Kolmar against the rise of Hitler in “This Way to the Führerbunker,” Meghan Forbes examines Lucia Moholy’s place in the life and the legacy of the Bauhaus, Caille Millner explores four gangland murders and the code of honor, Derek Mong muses about nakedness and poetry.
Fiction by Sara Batkie, Ruchama King Feuerman, Ashley Morrow Hermsmeier, and Glori Simmons.
Poetry by Joel Brouwer, Laura McCullough, Shivani Mehta, Caille Millner, Marilyn Nelson, Jóanes Nielsen (translated from Faroese by Matthew Landrum and Tóta Árnadóttir), Diana Reaves, David Roderick, John Rybicki, and Chelsea Wagenaar.
The use of foreign language in this book is worth mentioning—Greenwell includes Bulgarian not just as a cheap device to evoke place (although it does lend the story much realism and authority). The words are deployed with poetic precision: such as in the rhythm of chakai, chakai, chakai (wait, wait, wait); they are used to characterize people, such as Mitko’s love for the word podaruk (gift); and to reflect the narrator’s to make sense of his world (strahoten means awesome, a word “built from a root signifying dread”). Most importantly, it is used to cut deeper into the core of the narrator’s emotional question: priyatel means both friend and lover—which one is he really to Mitko?