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Gauraa Shekhar drives us in circles for an hour, across Oakwood, Blackwell, Bellemeade, but there’s no sign of smoke, no blazing light. Bryn Dodson is in a palace with no exit, the sole and honored guest. Nicole Lynn Cohen carries the boy across the overgrown field. Moshkur Ajikobi laments, "Mama didn't read our fortune well." Brianna Flavin has us laughing with friends threaded in the sapwarmth of bourbon, wiping rain from our eyes. Nathan Alling Long leads us to a boulder in the woods behind his house, but when we sit on it, it is a throne. Eleanor Johnson's father finds her searching in the neighbor's tree. Mercury-Marvin Sunderland admits us to the psych ward, where they check our heart rates. Meghan Sterling's cat ignores us and sleeps on, refusing to yield to beginning all over again. D.S. Maolalai brings us to the center of life and of Dublin. Melissa Darcey Hall looks into the pond with us, and the fish stare back, unaltered. Brandon Amico watches Kendall Jenner lift a can of Pepsi in front of her, offering a cop the pressurized soft drink. Jessica Treadway has a habit to unlearn while S.E. Reed's hands wake the surface, like an unmoored skiff. Jesse Breite watches a boy grow smaller at his desk.
EPISODE 2: TURNING TABLES
Get ready to be read to like a baby at bedtime. Episode 2 features the work of Jesse Breite, Eleanor Johnson, Bryn Dodson and Brandon Amico. Special thanks to the editing and production team: Lydia Seki, Naomi Ellis, Miles Weber and Soma Mei Sheng Frazier.
What do U.S. Poet Laureate Emeritus Juan Felipe Herrera and Daniel "Lemony Snicket" Handler have in common?
Subnivean. (And a love for ice cream.) Here they are discussing soft-serve and more—and announcing our 2022 Subnivean Awards winners in poetry in fiction, after a terrific reading by the finalists: Avtar Singh, Alicia Rebecca Myers, Zach Swiss, Artemisio Romero Y Carver, Melissa Brown, Moni Brar and Lauren Holguin.
"I don't wanna do that: I don't wanna memorize a poem in a field..."
— Daniel Handler