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March/April 2007
Nancy Birdsall, Abhijit Banerjee, Michael Kremer, and others look at the question, “What helps poor countries grow?”; Sarah Chayes on the future of Afghanistan; Alex Byrne on morality and the brain A short story by Peter Mountford; poems by Jorie Graham, H. L. Hix, Susan Stewart, and Geoffrey G. O’Brien; poetry criticism by Barbara K. Fischer and Cal Bedient.  


What Helps Poor Countries Grow?

Inequality Matters

Nancy Birdsall

Inside the Machine

Abhijit Vinayak Banerjee

Delivering Health Care

Michael Kremer and David Clingingsmith

The Problem of Corruption

Benjamin A. Olken



Is morality a natural phenomenon?
Alex Byrne
Days of Lies and Roses
Selling out Afghanistan
Sarah Chayes
The Geography of Poverty
Rethinking social policy
Dalton Conley
On the new generation of Nigerian novelists
Andrée Green
Paradise Lost
The novels of Sarah Waters
Jan Clausen


Barbarian’s Fantasies
Peter Mountford

On Film

Any Human Heart
Alejandro Gonzá Iñárritu’ s Babel
Alan A. Stone

On Poetry

Poet’s Sampler
Introduced by Mark Doty
Michele Glazer
Into the Language Lab
Joan Retllack and Juliana Spahr’s Poetry and Pedagogy
Barbara K. Fischer
Grand Failure
Heart Crane’s poems and letters
Calvin Bedient

A Measure of Splendor
Taha Muhammad Ali’s So What
Joyelle McSweeney
Tory Dent
Linda Gregerson
Elizabeth Arnold
Graham Foust


With Delicate Hand
Nick Twemlow
View of the City
Carrie Bennett
A Long Romance
Allen Grossman
Michael Robins
Jorie Graham
The Lost Colony
Susan Stewart
Poem composed of statements made by George W. Bush in January 2003
H. L. Hix
The Nature of Encounters
Geoffrey G. O’Brien

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