• Photography


  • Maxine Helfman
  • Image of Maxine Helfman‘s series of photographs challenge our fashion and gender role assumptions in a candid talk with Darren Ching and Debra Klomp Ching.


  • Manuel Cosentino
  • Image of Manuel Cosentino talks with Darren Ching and Debra Klomp Ching about the big skies in his Behind a Little House series of photographs, which has captured the imagination of audiences across the globe.

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  • Poetry


  • Two Movies
  • “look at what the lord has made. / above Missouri, sweet smoke.” Danez Smith scripts heartbreaking films of racism, violence, anger, grief, endurance, and love, concluding, “I believe when a person dies / the black lives on.”


  • Shooting the Skulls: Devotionals
  • “No skull stays silent. Each spills its neglects.” In a brilliant new sequence of sonnets, Paisley Rekdal tries, in a time of war, to find voices for the abandoned skulls unearthed on the grounds of the Colorado State Mental Institution.


  • Light
  • “What did her eyes that gleamed with the glow of extinguished silver see as she was peering into the afterlife?” In this translation from Fady Joudah, Amjad Nasser turns his dying mother’s prayer for him–”May God light your way”–into a meditation on the nature of light itself, wondering all the while, “Is remembering my mother a pretext to write about Noor/Dao, or is writing about them a pretext to remember my mother?”


  • Telephone Project #1
  • A conversation in poems, featuring original work from Kimiko Hahn, Idra Novey, Jee Leong Koh, Catherine Barnett, Patrick Rosal, Joshua Weiner, Mihaela Moscaliuc, Dana Levin, Afaa Michael Weaver, Juliana Spahr, Stephen Burt, Peter Campion, Evie Shockley, SS [full name deleted], Matthew Zapruder, Quinn Latimer, Meghan O’Rourke, Bob Hicock, Rachel Eliza Griffiths, A.E. Stallings, Sophie Cabot Black, and Geffrey Davis. NEW!

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  • Prose


  • The Long Life Hotel
  • “She felt an inkling—just the faintest tingle—then, of something gone wrong inside her; a small, vile thing, just beginning to grow.” A mother travels to Vietnam for a favorite son’s wedding in a story by Meaghan Mulholland.


  • The Big Father Essay
  • “Whenever I peeked into his room at night, there he lay, open-mouthed, those frightening white feet kicked free of sheets.” Inspired by Joe Brainard, Jeff Oaks invents a form for generating truths.


  • The Sea Palaces
  • “Before Liberation, emperors had idled there, among pleasure grounds of lakes and pavilions, and it was said you couldn’t look directly into its gates or your vision would blur.” Third Daughter is recruited for a ballroom dance troupe at the home of the Chairman in this excerpt from Vanessa Hua’s novel-in-progress.


  • Ghosts of the Mississippi
  • “Their affection, any love—good or bad—had me. I was the fool for love.” Ben Miller remembers his induction into an exclusive, eccentric group of writers in the prologue to his forthcoming book, River Bend Chronicle: The Junkification of a Boyhood Idyll amid the Curious Glory of Urban Iowa.

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  • Music


  • Never So Much Seething: Twenty-Five Liner Notes and a Poem for Fugazi
  • “Punk, despite its DIY ethos and anti-authoritarianism, also found itself confronting the dark side of anarchism—skinheads whose idea of a good time involved beating the shit out of people in mosh pits under the guise of dancing.” A look back at youth and Fugazi by Philip Metres. NEW!


  • Scrawl–Punk Rock for Grown-Ups: A Retrospective
  • “. . . the history of women making rock music is a history of women finding ways to give those qualities feminist ends: ‘Rebel Girl, you are the queen of my world.’” Stephen Burt looks back at the grown-up punk of Ohio’s Scrawl.


  • Notes for a One-Man-Show: An Interview with Chad VanGaalen
  • “…so then I just pull the cap off my marker and start to draw so that’s what I’ve kinda been focusing on lately. At the end of the day I get a lot of ideas from my drawings for sure, for music, at least.” Musician and visual artist Chad VanGaalen talks pedal steel guitars and cartoons with At Length Magazine.


  • Albums At Length: Death Cab for Cutie’s Transatlanticism: 10th Anniversary Edition
  • “Being a wordsmith has its own particular baggage that is perhaps a bit different from other avenues of artistic expression. Even a visual artist has the choice to go beyond representation, but most writers, to some degree, must rely on narrative.” Eric Gansworth looks back ten years after Death Cab for Cutie’s break-out album, Transatlanticism.

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  • Art


  • Breaking the System: An Interview with Kristan Kennedy
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    Kristan Kennedy talks with us about making paintings that may be more at home draped on a chair than hung on a wall, being an artist in Portland, Oregon, and how Miley Cyrus makes great road trip music.


  • Take This Quiz
  • Image of Kristan Kennedy, Rebekka Moran, Adam Forrester, Kreh Mellick, and Jason Polan respond to our sensibility quiz composed from questions stolen from contemporary poems.

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