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The World Goes Bust

Adam Tooze

A nice girl like Simone

Joanna Biggs

The Arrestables

Jeremy Harding

Short Cuts: Built from Light

Daniel Soar


Edmund Gordon

The Ghent Altarpiece

Julian Bell

You can’t prove I meant X

Clare Bucknell

At the Royal Academy: Léon Spilliaert

John-Paul Stonard

Conrad Jumps Ship

Fredric Jameson

How to set up an ICU

Lana Spawls

Poem: ‘Mayfly’

Fiona Benson

Follow the Science

James Butler

Diary: #coronasomnia

Wang Xiuying

Two PoemsCharles Simic

Some Roadside Town

Where you take a sudden detour,
Not knowing why,
And are afraid to ask yourself,
And when you think you are ready,

You enter a small pet shop,
Sidle up to the parrot
Waiting for him to say a word,
While he turns his head

Studying the young woman
With hair fallen over her eyes
Who is checking on the hamsters,
One of whom she calls Dave.

Egyptian Horror Film

In that museum, in that back room,
Against a coffin thickly ornamented
With paintings representing
The burial rites and duties of the soul,
We undid each other’s buttons.

O tongue on fire in the burning mouth!
A unicyclist going up a pyramid!
A magician at a morticians’ convention.
Tossing up a flight of pigeons!
A live horror film to the ladies walking in!

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