This month we present fiction and poetry from Venezuela. The current crisis has thrown this often-overlooked country into the spotlight; the writers included here put the protests in context and demonstrate the richness of Venezuelan literature. Alberto Barrera Tyszka brings the curtain down on an actor. Milagros Socorro shops for personalized customer service. Victoria De Stefano visits a literary hangout past its prime, while Eduardo Sánchez Rugeles eavesdrops on unhappy divorcés. Israel Centeno blends sex and aerial attack; Ana Teresa Torres ponders house and home. In poetry, Rafael Cadenas makes peace; Yolanda Pantin speaks of a private death; María Auxiliadora Álvarez considers suffering. We thank our guest editor, Ana Nuño, for bringing these new writers to us.  Elsewhere this month, we present the fifth installment of Sakumi Tayama's "Spirit Summoning," as well as poetry from Marie-Claire Bancquart, a tale of an absentee father from Ryuichiro Utsumi, and a peek at domestic intrigue from Espido Freire.

Fiction Serial

Spirit Summoning, Part V

"These last few summonings . . . you haven’t been faking it, have you?"

Also in this Issue

On the Brink of Life

The dead need no more space / than a mouth from its lipstick.

My Bones

My bones have beautiful remains

Any More Than a Look

The Eiffel Tower cries electricity.


The silken flesh, the acrid peat merge / on this urban curbside


One day, when he went home after a long absence, he found the apartment empty

Book Reviews

Mikhail Shishkin’s “The Light and the Dark”

Shiskin pushes us to the realization that we are part of the book that we are reading, and that the book we are reading is part of us.

Rodolfo Walsh’s “Operation Massacre”

Walsh was sitting in a café when a man approached him and said cryptically: “One of the executed men is alive.”

A Mexican Story

My friend Lencho Mejía has been murdered thirty-seven times in Los Angeles.

Standing Stones

its gulp may drink you down its foam overwhelm you


Have any of you actually met this nun?

Axel, Itinerant Dog

Dogs appear suddenly, and they disappear without a trace.


But there are condemned men

A Pornomilitary Romanza

I can’t help showing off my orgasms.

A Separation

His last meeting with her had been a mounting exchange of curses.

Making Peace

Let’s come to an agreement, poem.