“April is the cruelest month,” the poet T.S. Eliot famously wrote in The Wasteland. Maybe it’s cruel, but it is also National Poetry Month—a month when poems appear in even the most unlikely places. To honor the celebration of poetry, I’ve included a portfolio of poems in this issue by five young Chinese writers, whose work I love for its weirdness and darkness, for its insight and daring. This issue also includes another rarity for us: a long story. “The Fence” is a moving portrayal of a friendship formed in spite of segregation and social taboos, while the two shorter stories, “Ride to the Fence” and “Stone Angel” both explore the edges and limits of consciousness. This is a beautiful, strange issue, and one I am very proud of.
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