In the last year, the narrator of 10:04 has enjoyed unexpected literary success, has been diagnosed with a potentially fatal heart condition, and has been asked by his best friend to help her conceive a child, despite his dating a rising star in the visual arts. In a New York of increasingly frequent super storms and political unrest, he must reckon with his biological mortality, the possibility of a literary afterlife, and the prospect of (unconventional) fatherhood in a city that might soon be under water.
"Too Much of Himself"
Adam Gordon is a brilliant, if highly unreliable, young American poet on a prestigious fellowship in Madrid, struggling to establish his sense of self and his relationship to art. Instead of following the dictates of his fellowship, Adam's 'research' becomes a meditation on the possibility of the genuine in the arts and beyond: are his relationships with the people he meets in Spain as fraudulent as he fears his poems are? Is poetry an essential art form, or merely a screen for the reader's projections?
"Captured the Challenge of second language"
In this issue: "Bill Problems" by Amy Davidson; "Citizen Khan" by Kathryn Schulz; "The Polish Rider" by Ben Lerner; "Seven People Dancing" by Langston Hughes; "Uninhabited" by Kevin Young; "Surrendering" by Ocean Vuong; and "Making the Cut" by James Wood.