“Reading Plato” from The Darker Fall by Rick Barot. Copyright © 2002 by Rick Barot. Reprinted by permission of Sarabande Books, Louisville, KY, sarabandebooks.org.

Excerpt from Hermine: An Animal Life by Maria Beig, translated by Jaimy Gordon. Copyright © 2005. Reprinted by permission of New Issues Poetry & Prose, Kalamazoo, MI, wmich.edu/newissues.

“Speech to the Young, Speech to the Progress-toward (Among Them Nora and Henry III)” from Blacks by Gwendolyn Brooks. Chicago, IL: Third World Press. Copyright © 1991. Reprinted by consent of Brooks Permissions.

Katie Ford, “Earth,” from Colosseum. Copyright © 2008 by Katie Ford. Reprinted with the permission of The Permissions Company, Inc., on behalf of Graywolf Press, Minneapolis, MN, graywolfpress.org.

“Panopticon” from Interior with Sudden Joy by Brenda Shaughnessy. Copyright © 1999 by Brenda Shaughnessy. Reprinted by permission of Farrar, Straus and Giroux, LLC.

“A Willow and the Moon” from The Mountain by Paul Yoon, forth­coming in August 2017. Copyright © 2017 by Paul Yoon. Printed with the permission of Simon and Schuster, simonandschuster.com.

art credits

“The Death of the Shack”: illustration and photo of writing shack © David Gessner.
“Open Season”: featured image © Kinzy Janssen.
“Entry Cove”: featured image © James St. John, CC BY 2.0 via Flickr.
“A Willow and the Moon”: featured image © olavXO, CC BY 2.0 via Flickr.
“Fountain Girls”: featured image © Kari Sullivan, CC BY 2.0 via Flickr.
“¡Hablamos!”: featured image © Kinzy Janssen.
“Postcards from Below the Bug Line”: featured image © Caitlin Regan, CC BY 2.0 via Flickr.
“Mystic Island”: map © Brian Hayes.
“A Conversation with Andrew Blanchard”: photo of Andrew Blanchard © Matt Johnston, series of screen-prints © Andrew Blanchard.
“Miss McElroy”: featured image © Helmuts Guigo CC BY-SA 2.0 via Flickr.
“An Uncertain Sound”: featured image © Ekklesia, CC BY 2.0 via Flickr, photo of Frank © Kelley Libby, photo of baptism © Nell Boeschenstein.
“A House of Her Own”: © Florida Center for Instructional Technology, via ClipArt ETC.