This issue of the LARB Quarterly Journal is dedicated to “romance” in that very expansive sense. Two Romance writers, Cat Sebastian and Scarlett Peckham, describe their relationship to the craft and the strong political message of the genre. Many of the pieces use love — erotic or otherwise — as a jumping off point. Yaagnik Kosuri’s piece, “Little Bee”, is about his complicated relationship with his mother, the love of his life. “Nkori” by Onyinye Ihezukwu tells the story of a young woman, trying to understand her sexuality. Kristen Gleason’s surreal short story “The Cafe” tells an incredible tale about the importance of travel. Mark Edmundson asks “Why does love got to be so sad?” and lets Shelley, Nietzsche, and Schopenhauer answer the question. In “Protest”, Lisa Locascio tries to understand her romantic happiness in light of current events.
There is another radical thought: happiness and joy in otherwise difficult times. Romance has a way of turning things inside out, like clothes for instance, or lives. There is suddenly love at the very end of life, or a way to start with a good, happy ending.
Editor, Quarterly Journal
TABLE OF CONTENTS
E S S A Y S
On Anaïs Nin By Joanna Walsh
Why Does Love Got To Be So Sad? by Mark Edmundson
How To Write A Love Story by Scarlett Peckham
The Queer Arts Of Friendship by Jonathan Alexander
Romance, Compassion, And Inclusivity by Cat Sebastian
She-Stag and The Tiger Of Wanawatu: Remembering Gregory Corso by Kaye McDonough
Protest by Lisa Locascio
F I C T I O N
Little Bee by Yaagnik Kosuri
The Cafe by Kristen Gleason
Equation by Kay Iguh
Nkori by Onyinye Ihezukwu
P O E T R Y
Two Poems by Kim Addonizio
The Tiger Abandoned At The Hunt’s End by Monica Ferrell
Air by J.P. Grasser
Midnight In The Elevator Of The Bonaventure Hotel by L.A. Johnson
Two Poems by Donika Kelly
So, Ecstasy by Roger Reeves
Anxiety Sonnet by Yanyi
S H O R T S
Valentine by Myriam Gurba
Excerpt From A Million Blows by Jade Sharma
Good To See You by Emma Koenig
Excerpt from An Apiary Concubine by Vi Khi Nao
On Beauty by Katherine Faw
The Digital Quarterly Journals are delivered to members bookshelves on a quarterly basis here. You may also download your copy directly here.
As always, we're very happy to hear from you at email@example.com. If you'd no longer like to receive emails about your membership premiums, let us know and we'll update your preferences.