Edi­tor’s Note

The Iowa Review - - FRONT PAGE - Har­i­laos ste­copou­los

This is­sue of TIR is not for the faint of heart. From D.A. Powell’s in­can­des­cent “un­of­fi­cial confessions” to Ben­nett Sims’s melan­cholic riffs on the wolf­man, Robert Coover’s propul­sive ro­mance to Peter Markus’s in­can­ta­tory tale of a pro­tean witch, one brac­ing lit­er­ary provo­ca­tion af­ter another fills the pages of the mag­a­zine. In our ef­fort to pro­vide a rous­ing read, we’ve taken the un­usual step of in­clud­ing three ar­rest­ing ar­ti­cles on twenty-first-cen­tury cul­ture by the­o­rists Jo­hanna Drucker, Craig Dworkin, and Gar­rett Ste­wart. Those lively es­says en­gage with a de­lib­er­ately eclec­tic range of top­ics—book aes­thet­ics, lyric writ­ing, and dig­i­tal paint­ing—but in the ag­gre­gate they ex­am­ine the prob­lem of the avant-garde through the lens of me­dia stud­ies. A fo­cus on the more ver­tig­i­nous con­tem­po­rary arts also in­forms our pub­li­ca­tion of An­drew R. Mossin’s im­por­tant in­ter­view with Nathaniel Mackey. Mackey’s de­tailed cos­mol­ogy and po­et­ics re­ceive their due in this richly re­ward­ing con­ver­sa­tion. As if that weren’t enough, the is­sue in­cludes the ex­tra­or­di­nary sto­ries, es­says, and po­ems that cap­tured the top awards in our 2014 Iowa Re­view Awards con­test. Thanks to the hard work of our read­ers and judges, we have the priv­i­lege of pub­lish­ing an ar­ray of fine pieces, such as Amy Butcher’s “Reen­act­ing,” an un­set­tling es­say that pon­ders the re­la­tion­ship be­tween per­sonal trauma and na­tional his­tory through the sat­u­rated land­scape of Get­tys­burg, Penn­syl­va­nia, and Mau­rice Car­los Ruf­fin’s “The Ones Who Don’t Say They Love You,” a ver­nac­u­lar ac­count of ado­les­cent pros­ti­tu­tion shaped by another quintessen­tially Amer­i­can site, New Or­leans’ French Quar­ter. In the same way that both Butcher and Ruf­fin pon­der is­sues of place, He­len Klein Ross’s award-win­ning po­ems “Coach Tour” and “Is­tan­bul, 1974” of­fer us a ge­og­ra­phy primer as her speak­ers pon­der the va­garies of travel—lessons that as­sume new grav­i­tas as she ex­am­ines a more ter­mi­nal jour­ney in her mov­ing el­egy, “In­ten­sive Care.” On a lighter note, we’re de­lighted to an­nounce that Dinika M. Amaral has won our an­nual Tim Mcginnis Award for her story “No Good Deed Un­pun­ished.” A Hinglish tale of school­girl misad­ven­tures, comic and oth­er­wise, “No Good Deed” pro­vides an ideal ex­am­ple of the sort of quirky cre­ativ­ity the Mcginnis Award is meant to cel­e­brate.

Ku­dos to all of our award win­ners and run­ners-up! And thanks as well to the many con­trib­u­tors whose bril­liant work has en­sured a dy­namic mix of the chal­leng­ing and the plea­sur­able, the ped­a­gogic and the de­light­ful. We hope you find this is­sue of the mag­a­zine as stim­u­lat­ing as we do.

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