McSweeney's Issue 22 is a three-part exercise in inspired restriction — of author, of content, and of form. In section one, poets (yes — poets!) including Mary Karr, Denis Johnson, C. D. Wright, and D. C. Berman initiate poet-chains, picking a poem of their own and one by another poet. The next poet will then do the same, and then again, and again, and so on. In section two, Fitzgerald (yes — F. Scott Fitzgerald!) provides a list of unused story premises first cataloged in The Crack-Up; his mission is completed by writers like Diane Williams and Nick Flynn. In section three, finally, the president of France's (yes — France!) legendary Oulipians offers a rare glimpse into his group's current experiments with linguistic constraint. Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose.
Jincy Willett - Twinkle, Twinkle
"A bat chase. Some desperate young people apply for jobs at Camp, knowing nothing about wood lore but pretending, each one."
The first thing that happened was when her mother pulled up to let her off in front of the church, and Caro was in such a hurry to get out that she opened the passenger door too soon, before they'd gotten up next to the curb, but they were close enough so that the door edge dug into the grass, and she started to get out, but her mother said, "Wait, don't get out yet, I have to back up," and Caro, posted half out of the car, stared at the wide curved door hinge right in front of her, a thing she'd never seen before, as the car strained in reverse, and then something cracked with a deep unresonant twonk.