Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Issue 21.2

What's time travel without some perilous suspension from a clock tower?*

Now featuring: our oldest back issue in the sale! Issue 21.2, Fall 1999. The cover is black and white, sparse, a barnhouse in front of a thicket of thinning trees. Looking at the front, we can also see that the IR logo has certainly evolved from then to now. The quality of the content, however, is still remarkable; there's no obsolescence here. Though we may cringe to consider ye olde websites of 1999 -- you can check ours using the Wayback Machine! -- you might be surprised at what you find in this issue.

A few highlights: The cover advertises an interview with poet Li-Young Lee, one that offers a lot of insight into Lee's perspective and process. "The Rookery" is a captivating poem by Mary Biddinger about a speaker who "was stolen by a man and woman / who wanted me as their own." The landscape here is quietly electrifying. Paul Ketzle's story, "In Hammock Hills," looks at young boys in a familiar, comic light:
"In this place, a boy-only place, they were taller than their teachers, tougher than high schoolers; they farted, spat, and scratched privates through jeans unapologetically, and lived in their own large fantasies. Everyone here was Hulk-strong and Force-sensitive."
We have 15 copies available at $5 each! Order your copy now.


* Which reminds me: I'm saddened that Universal Studios Hollywood got rid of the Back to the Future Ride in 2007.

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