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  • Photo by Fernando Rodríguez/Flickr Zugzwang: a chess position where any move is disadvantageous. Eduard Màrquez applies the term to his characters who, he observes, “are subjected to forces and situations that prove too great for them.”...
  • Photo by Fey Ilyas/Flickr The immense space of the supersensible. . . is filled for us with dark night.— Immanuel Kant The historical conditions...
  •   Evening Time Ha Jong-o  On the subway at evening rush hourI called my wife to say I was on my way home.Hearing a familiar voice, I looked round,among the exhausted people on their way home,and saw myself, with a small body, short legs and arms,...
  • Photo illustration by Mary Wuestewald There are, as evidenced by the working-class literature special issue of World Literature Today, many working-class writers around the world. However, the desire of working-class poets to share their...
  • The Cricket Match They have fooled us, friends, got us all to gaze night and day at the television,Entrusted us with the cricket match,While they go and steal the country’s resources, we watch the match,They steal away food from our plate, we watch...
  • Late three times for work, so it’s night shiftor my job. I’m eighteen, no experience, broke,so I make the deal. I wear jeans and a T-shirt:Shop at Ray’s for the Best Deals Around,a message more pertinent whenthere was more than one store in town.  I...
  • [Download the e-book Blaze A Vanishing by Alan Morrison] Alan Morrison's e-book Blaze A Vanishing is available here in its entirety as a WLT web exclusive to go along with his poem “Twigworth Yews” in the November 2013...
  • Sandy stands in the designer-wear sectionof a suburban department storein her best jeans and a cheery holidaysweater picked up at the Goodwill.The Muzak versions of Christmas carolsleave a hollow ache in her chest.She fingers red velvet and gray...
  • I try to tell my brother not to call himself a “go-fer”just because he fetches cardboard  for women shouting, “Bring me a double order,”  who get paid by the piece. A thin vibration against her machine, Wendy filled 40D cups with tissue paper and...
  • “You’re a big guy. You should be working construction.”                                                             – a woman in line at Kmart   Every time I swung a sledgehammer,shattered the faces of bricks,the poems would stammerlike aces from my...

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