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The above slideshow contains lines, sentences, and ideas from writers whose work confronts literature’s complexity, beauty, and necessity. Images confronting our made worlds and our given worlds, from Manhattan to Michigan to the unmitigated ocean.





 


Confrontation News and Excerpts

Issue 123, Spring 2018, Available Now

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Outside the Window

It is clarity the soul sighs for. But who said that to her, anyway? She cannot remember. Claridad. Fragments of her Spanish keep elbowing in, jarring her thoughts. Not many things are clear and so she has to focus on the few that are. Basta.

Hands

The first memory of your shame, though you didn’t realize it as such at the time, is of your mother. She looked old even then, in her forties, sitting in her nightdress next to you half-tucked into bed, massaging a medicinal lotion into your hands.

The Event

Within a month the two of you have adopted this evasion, one of many in the lingua franca of the long married. You even laugh over how lame it is, but it’s a useful bit of marital shorthand, mild enough to escape the children’s attention and easily used in public, should the need arise.

Thin-Silvered Constellations

Poetry from Issue 123, Spring 2018

Memories of a Mugging

Sunday in Quito. Nine thousand feet up on the equator, the sky is clear, the parks filled with fruit vendors and picnicking families. Much of downtown is blocked from traffic, bikes fill the streets, and there is no exhaust. Absent exhaust, Quito smells like . . . nothing.

Insomnia and The Critique of Pure Reason

Poetry from Confrontation 122, Fall 2017.

Requiem

Poetry from Confrontation 122, Fall 2017.

I Would Not Remember Them

I want only to listen to "Morning Breeze with Chandra Corea," the best program on radio Sri Lanka, but Mr. S, he take away radio again and give to his daughter.

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Received and Recommended: Patricia Horvath’s All the Difference

This beautifully written, thoughtful memoir by a writer whose fiction has appeared in several issues of Confrontation, focuses on Horvath’s adolescence and specifically on her physical abnormality since childhood—caused by scoliosis—which eventually sends her, at thirteen, to Yale University Hospital in New Haven, Connecticut, where her spinal column was fused and bones were grafted (her...

Burial Ground

The dead lie above ground beneath a stone wall under a row of skulls.