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after With Hidden Noise. Marcel Duchamp. Ball of twine between two brass plates, joined by four long screws, containing unknown object added by Walter Arensberg. 1916.
Kathryn Cowles’s book Eleanor, Eleanor, not your real name won the Brunsman Poetry Prize. Her second book, Maps and Transcripts of the Ordinary World, is forthcoming from Milkweed Editions. She has recent poems and poem-photograph hybrids in The Georgia Review, New American Writing, Best American Experimental Writing, Verse, Free Verse, Colorado Review, Diagram, The Academy of American Poets Poem-a-day, and elsewhere. She earned her doctorate from the University of Utah and is an Associate Professor of English at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in the Finger Lakes region of New York.
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But I do miss the hymns, / the small, hard apples with their dimpled skin. I do miss / things.
The vast hinterlands of the Global South’s cities are generating new solidarities and ideas of what counts as a life worth living.
Protests in China are shining a light not only on the country’s draconian population management but restrictions on workers everywhere.