Issue # 10 At Play

Dec 17, 2009

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For our tenth issue, At Play, we called for work about youth, sports, and leisure, as well
as work that plays with format, language, and convention. While preparing the issue, we
quickly realized the obvious: the seemingly lighthearted sub-themes are all tempered by
profound solemnity. In this issue, you will find writing and visual art that plays with the
duplicitous reality of what brings us joy: our love for things confronted by our resentment
of their eventual death, failure, or disappointment. In these pieces, the nostalgia for youth
is checked by the confusion inherent in growing up; games are lost without redemption;
and sex can be a contest—or worse, a video in the wrong hands. But there are moments
of pure play too—play trance, plays on expectations, and parts played well.


  • Every Moment is a Chance to Molt
    Angela Delarmente
  • Bearing Witness
    Rose Hamilton-Gottleib
  • Crazy Season
    Paul Graham
  • Our Atrocious Miracle
    Mabel Yu
  • Vulcan Love
    Gina Frangello
  • There Are Worse Jobs
    Mark Rooke


  • extension Cord and other poems
    Judith Goldman
  • Nightmare Directed by Victor Erice
    Tyler Flynn Dorholt
  • Red Town #11 / Red Town #17 / Red Town #26
    Julia Story
  • The New Chatham / Our Roles In Life
    James Tate
  • How I Have Learned To Deal With My Vanity:
    Daniel Khalastchi
  • Requiem for Lux Interior/Ducktail for XXX
    Devin King
  • Dope / Martin Heidegger / The Tumbleweed Shogunate / The Problems of Poetry / Beholder
    Geoffrey Nutter
  • I Live Near Larry Bittner
    Kevin Carollo


  • Phyllis Bramson
  • Lily van der Stokker
  • John Dilg
  • Liz Nielsen


  • Popular Titles: A Conversation Between Gina Frangello and David Yoo
    Gina Frangello


  • FIVE! Short takes on FIVE in celebration of five years of MAKE
    MAKE Contributors

    On the Make

  • Language at Play: Love, Lust, Savagery
    Joseph Drogos

    Art and illustration

  • Aya Yamasaki, Dean Rank, Vanesa Zendejas, Carmen Price, C.J. Matheren, Andrew Rohde, Lauren Haldeman, Geoffrey Hamerlinck, Johnathan Crawford, and Art Shay

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Nonfiction Editor

Kathryn Scanlan


Poetry Editor

Joel Craig


Intercambio Poetry Editor

Daniel Borzutzky


Intercambio Prose Editor

Brenda Lozano


Latin American Art Portfolio Editor

Alejandro Almanza Pereda


Reviews Editor

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Art Portfolio Editor

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Creative Director

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Graphic Design + Art Direction

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Proofreader/Copy Editor

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Associate Editors

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Contributing Editors

Kyle Beachy

Don De Grazia

Steffi Drewes

Kathleen Rooney



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