Willow Springs 70

Spring 2012

Featuring poetry, prose, and translation by Alexandra Teague, Laura Read, Jess Walter, Julialicia Case, Ba Ling, and more. The issue also includes Katherine Conner’s “Percipient,” winner of the 2012 Willow SpringsFiction Prize, and an interview with Tim O’Brien.

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Erin Belieu Perfect
Michaela Essl dear wind for limbs
Amorak Huey The Acrobat Bawls
  The Strongman Goes Weak in the Knees
  The Wife Surprises the Husband on Their Fifteenth Anniversary With a Pair of Tickets to the Matinee Performance of Cirque du So Long
Laura Kasischke The Drinker
  The First Trumpet
  The Option
Melissa Kwasny The Phenomenology of Fire
  Pictograph: Avalanche Mouth
Laurie Lamon Pain Thinks of Beauty
  Pain Thinks of Grief
Amy Miller Lady’s-Slipper
Kathryn Nuernberger The Saint-Girl Takes In Strays
  The Book of Knowledge, the Experienced Farrier, &C. (1793)as the Best of All Possible Worlds
Christina Olson Shackleton Thanks Elephant Island
Laura Read People Don’t Die of It Anymore
  When You Have Lived a Long Time in One Place
Alexandra Teague Reclusion: Or, Sarah Winchester Responds to a Fellow Recluse


Ba Ling Bellboys
  Translated from Chinese by Liang Yujing


Roxane Gay Through the Womb
Miranda McLeod Mrs. Schafer Gets Fit
Jess Walter Eating Human Flesh


Julialicia Case Growing Like Houses
Diana Joseph Is Hating Scott Walker a Cure for Postpartum Depression?

Willow Springs Fiction Prize

Katherine Conner Percipient
A Conversation with Tim O’Brien