This month we present our third issue of queer literature from around the world. The writers we've selected stake new claims on familiar themes, and unearth insight in unaccustomed places, illuminating the global LGBT experience through their work. Uruguay's Cristina Peri Rossi lets us in on a psychologist's thoughts on love and fading youth, while Alonso Sanchez Baute's narrator is sideswiped by the news of Gianni Versace's death. Cuban writer Mabel Cuesta combines memories of early love and new traditions, while Dominican poet Frank Baez follows the Marilyn Monroe of Santo Domingo to New York City. Bangladesh's Shaheen Akhtar provides a charm against dreams of snakes. South Korea's Kim Bi shows us a young girl struggling with the world's response to her father. Israel's Ilana Zeffren confides in a household friend about her partner, Algerian poet Jean Sénac explores the intersection of love and country, and Salvador Novo gives us a glimpse into the untold lives of gay writers and artists in post-Revolutionary Mexico.

Elsewhere, we feature poetry from Myanmar from poets Lyn Swe Aye, Tin Moe, and Myo Myint Swe, and also offer up the haunting conclusion of our serial publication of Sakumi Tayama's “The Hole in the Garden.”


Fiction Serial

The Hole in the Garden, Part IV

The voice seemed to be coming from the pig.



Poetry from Myanmar

The Rock and the Wave

It's war/ when we meet


Before and After

Damp earth, jasmine


Strangers

Me and my language/ are worlds apart.



Book Reviews

Andrés Neuman’s “Traveler of the Century”

"Traveler of the Century" is a novel of collisions: of intellectual idealism and cruel reality; of originals and translations; of complacency and unrest


Lauren Binet’s “HHhH”

Laurent Binet took an unusual gamble when composing his debut novel "HHhH," a unique blend of WWII history, personal memoir and postmodern experimentation.


Nichita Stanescu’s “Wheel with a Single Spoke and Other Poems”

Part physicist and part naturalist, Romanian poet Nichita Stănescu was always a consonant lyricist.


The Christmas Tree

We’re in a strange land and Christmas is nearing.

From “Pillar of Salt”

In that room I met practically the entire fauna of the epoch.