7! Welcome to the seventh issue of CAGIBI’s literary journal.
A quick origin story: We had a long tradition, along with many friends, of weekend escapes at a big house way out from the city, in a small town in New York’s Sullivan County. The house, owned by a couple, had something like 7+ bedrooms and a long table in the dining room to accommodate all of us who happened to find ourselves there, all the old friends and almost always new ones. Outside, a back porch spanned the length of the house. There on the back porch, we talked and played backgammon. We talked about how we ought to do our own writing retreat, in a house like this one—we’d done a literary collaboration before, and were ripe for another one—we talked about how we ought to do something…while we talked and dreamed and gazed out at the view: a little red shed on a gently sloping lawn, a kitchen garden, and a hillside reaching up into the sky.
This issue’s cover is a photo from those days, a view of that hillside. That something became Cagibi.
This view of trees is a peaceful moment, a respite. Gazing out at this assemblage of green chaos, we experience paradoxically a moment of rest. Like the rest note in a musical composition: the silence is not an absence of sound, instead it transcends the notes on either side of it. The music lifts the rest notes and takes them for us to a place beyond silence. You won’t find everything to be peaceful in this issue, certainly not. We’re pleased to say you’ll find some chaos and rage, respective of the world we live in, and these tones may be restoring, too. What pieces will you find restoring in this issue, what pieces transcend?
- (1.) A Life with Lists: (1.a.) Dispatch from Mississippi - by Jordan James
- Confused, Day-to-Day Lived Realities: Interview with Deborah Baker - by Katharine Coldiron, an interview with Deborah Baker on her book The Last Englishmen
- The Center of Everything - by Couri Johnson
- Mount P. - by Denise Robbins
- In Translation: Pascal’s Gelato // Il gelato di Pascal - by Francesca Diano, trans. Laura Valeri
- Other Esther - by Gemma Seltzer
- auf Deutsch - by Heidi Davidson-Drexel
- Socialization - by Kathryn Draney
- Race - by Keenan Norris
- Molecular Music - by Larry Malchow
- The Longboat - by Sam Keller
- How to Set the Dining Room Table - by Elizabeth Jannuzzi
- Ellen - by Jane Bernstein
- Member, Neptune Society - by Sally Ashton
- Riffat’s Diary - by Taymiya R. Zaman
- Autobiography of Buzz Aldrin - by Bill Neumire
- Hephaestus - by Colin Criss
- Carte Postale - by D. R. James
- Lines Composed 750 Miles West of Charlotte, North Carolina, on Hearing of President Trump’s Scripted Plea for Unity Drowned Out by the Raucous Crowd Chanting ‘Lock Her Up !’ October 26, 2018 - by D. R. James
- In Translation: A European Peace, 5 // Una paz europea, 5 - by Fruela Fernández, trans. Sarah Hartley
- Maafa to Mami Wata - by Heather 'Byrd' Roberts
- Stalin Wakes on Hitler’s Birthday, April 20, 1945 - by Holly Woodward
- A Place to Put the Body - by Jennifer Bundy
- Most of That Life - by Jennifer L. Hollis
- Year One - by Kelle Groom
- My American Childhood in Reverse - by Kimberly O’Connor
- Self-Portrait with Ripe Tomato - by Lauren Camp
- Hybrid - by Lourdes A. Gautier
- Polite Dinner Conversation - by Mary Beth Ashley
- Ode to Drag Queens - by Michelle Peñaloza
- In Translation: Wind // Wiatr - by Tomasz Różycki, trans. Mira Rosenthal
- But It Wasn’t - by Tony Leuzzi
“Hillside” photograph by C. Shade.
Features from Cagibi Express
- The Face Tells the Secret (book excerpt) (Wednesday, October 9, 2019) - by Jane Bernstein, from her novel The Face Tells the Secret
- Thanksgiving in Budapest (Tuesday, October 1, 2019) - by Ashley Stimpson
- Mary Pilon // The Cagibi Express Interview (Tuesday, September 24, 2019) - Cagibi interviews Mary Pilon, co-author of the new audio series, Twisted: The Story of Larry Nassar and the Women Who Took Him Down
- A Holding Pattern: Postcard from the Persian Gulf (Tuesday, September 10, 2019) - by L. Ashby
- USS John F. Kennedy: Postcard from My Youth (Tuesday, September 3, 2019) - by John Van Kirk
- Postcard from Upper Truckee River, Sierra Nevada (Tuesday, August 27, 2019) - by Kim K. McCrea
- As a River (book excerpt) (Tuesday, August 20, 2019) - by Sion Dayson
- Postcards from Granero Drive (Tuesday, August 13, 2019) - by Andrea Lee Dunn
- Naomi Shihab Nye // The Cagibi Express Interview (Wednesday, August 7, 2019) - Cagibi interviews Naomi Shihab Nye, the Young People's Poet Laureate, whose latest book is The Tiny Journalist
- Postcard from Esztergom, Hungary (Tuesday, July 30, 2019) - by Karolina Zapal
Prefer to Dive In at Random?
A cagibi is a place where things are often gathered pell-mell, which comes from the French word pêle-mêle, a state of affairs characterized by the random mixing of things, a chaotic state of affairs that also opens the door to unexpected discovery. In that spirit, while this page lists the contents alphabetically by the contributor’s first name, here also is a separate list in random order, to encourage you to skip around the contents of Cagibi Issue 7, to discover a work of prose or poetry you’d like to sink down into. We expect it will stay with you, and we hope you’ll be inspired to share it. Dive in!
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