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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

Confrontation 120, Fall 2016, Table of Contents

Editor’s Remarks: Emperors, Wizards, and Glitter STORIES Julia Phillips: Disappearing Earth Doug Ramspeck: The World We Know Becky Hagenston: The Sitters Dennis McFadden: A Thousand Stars an Hour Marshall Riggan: A Lovely Sin Angie Pelekidis: The Things We Love Katrin Gibb: John Doe Americana Rich Elliott: The Faulkner Sentence POEMS John Sibley Williams, 2016 Prize-winning Poem:...

The World We Know

Once I imagined you might build a life from durable and lasting materials.

The Sitters

Lena had named her girls Fluffy, Mittens, Boots, and Mopsy, but when baby number five turned out to be a boy, she didn’t—as we all expected—call him Rocky, Rusty, Spike, or Snuggles.

The Things We Love

Prior to her mother moving in with her, Jen told Eileen, “I have everything I need so bring the minimum.” It was Jen’s way of telling her elderly mother, when you move into my home you will be a guest. This hadn’t stopped Eileen from renting a moving truck, which backed onto Jen’s driveway on...

Delusional Episodes

I cannot find my mother in the dark.

Announcing the Confrontation 2017 Poetry Prize

$750 and publication in one of our 2017 issues for the winning poem.

2016 Poetry Prize: Winner Announced

The winner of the 2016 Confrontation Poetry Prize is Portland, Oregon-based John Sibley Williams, who is also a literary agent, a publicist, the marketing director of Inkwater Press, and—last but hardly least—the very recent father of twins, born on August 4th. Congrats on several counts, sir! The winning poem will appear in the Fall 2016...

The Pond

Poetry from Confrontation 119.

Our Little Piece of Sky

Poetry from Confrontation 119.

Saint Albert of the Asses

Poetry from Confrontation 119.

This Believer

A doctor once suggested that I use hypnosis to gain access to a self-critical inner voice that has plagued me since childhood. She said that the issues that had led me to seek treatment were unlikely to respond to conventional talk therapy.

A Very Small Cemetery

Border Days in Grangeville have been held annually since 1911. Three days—July 2, 3, 4—of parades, cowboy breakfasts, pretty girls on horseback, and the oldest professional rodeo in Idaho.