One-sentence Love Letters

Two things we love: love, and the United States Postal Service. We asked contributors to the Love Issue to write a one-sentence love letter to a thing or being—a place, small or large; a work of art; a plant; a creature; an object; a built space; or, yes, a human.

Notes and Recent Awards

The editors would like to congratulate the following writers: Best American Essays 2019 Notable Rafia Zakaria A House in Karachi (vol. 13, no. 2) Julia Ridley Smith Legs (vol.…


Excerpt from “geohaptics” by Erin Robinsong from Counter-Desecration: A Glossary for Writing within the Anthropocene, edited by Linda Russo and Marthe Reed. Middletown, CT: Wesleyan University Press. Copyright © 2018. English translation of Jane Johnston Schoolcraft’s “To the Pine Tree”…

Solitary Sonzal

Whose voice was that, here, where I lie alone? 
Look at you, said Eros. Scared, shy, alone.  

I dreamt my dreaming of you 
Brought us together. 

I love you as only dust can love you.

Visionary Sonzal

Keen eyes read the top row, staring straight ahead until the words unfocus.
G, then something, then D . . . If only that middle letter were in focus!

On this eye chart, every focal point is a vanishing point.
Desire dilates pupils. We can’t keep the world in focus.


When color comes back to the world,
leaving gets near. By the roadside, auburn
and cream cows chew spangled green.
Creeks steam. A lone bull’s horns gore