Issue 25: Spring/Summer 2018

Our First Decade

Celebrating 10 Years of Subtropics.

Florida Then

A little gallery of images depicting “the state with the prettiest name” (Elizabeth Bishop)

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Subtropics 25 cover art: Guillermo Kuitca, Lady Moon, 2018, courtesy of the artist.

Born in 1961 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where he lives today, Guillermo Kuitca is one of Latin America’s leading artists. American museums in which his work is exhibited include the Art Institute of Chicago, the Albright-Knox Gallery, in Buffalo, the Dallas Museum of Art, Washington, D.C.’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Walker Art Center, in Minneapolis.
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Little Inscription for the Family Bible

Christian Wiman

Little Inscription for the Family Bible

The liars and the testifiers and the martyrs of water.

Thaddeus, Theta, bonecancered Carla,
who went out screaming being like an inverted birth.

Let us say a word for all those who died of God,
their hearts, we hope, a little lighter now without us in them.

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Ah, Ego

Christian Wiman

Ah, Ego

Ah, ego,
my beetle,
my cockroach

crawling out of the holocaust
of lost keys, bad screws
and what have you,

how little singed you are,
how almost spry,
tentacling intact

past the wrecks and drecks
and what have you,
moon-rover roving over

the moon of me…

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Survival is a Style

Christian Wiman

Survival is a Style

There are no knives
on the man so thin the wind
whips his cargo pants around him like a dance
to which his bones aspire,

no flares, no smoke, no unmetaphorical fire
when the woman in the camouflage jog bra
jogs by whistling all the while:
survival is a style.

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Middle Age

Christian Wiman

Middle Age

Emberling, amberman,
worshiper of was:

I asked the past
what I was meant to learn

and the past said—
Burn.

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A Sketch

Christian Wiman

A Sketch

An air of old hotel about him: bitters and rye,
pornographers in penguin suits, glaucous Dover sole.

Derringer words—doff, peruse
which he hardly needs to use, to use.

Morals as involved as baklava.
He brushes crumbs from his lapel as if he had one.

Death? Who knew the rube’s recessive treasures
better than he, who knew himself?

So he folded, a paragon of suave
aced at the end by galumphing luck.

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Interviews

Brad Eddy

Interviews

Brad Eddy

Interviewed by Neal Hammons

Can you tell us about your writing background—when you began writing fiction, what inspired you to start?

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Daphne Kalotay

Interviews

Daphne Kalotay

Interviewed by Marsha Sasmor

“Oeuf en Gelée,” your story in this issue of Subtropics, is set in a typically fashionable New York City restaurant—small room, small plates, high prices—and there’s significant talk of food throughout, whether it be what the two main characters, Laurel and Max, are eating or the paintings of food that Laurel’s friend did before she died. What drew you to write a story so concerned with food?

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Josh Russell

Interviews

Josh Russell

Interviewed by Wynne Hungerford

Readers are always curious about the writing process. What is your process like? Do you keep a journal? Do you write in a specific place? With coffee? Soft lighting?

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Quincity

Jamie McKendrick

Quincity

Whither, quince, and whence?
Hast withered since? Hailing,
tholing transience.

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