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About raulclement

Raul Clement lives in houses. His poetry, fiction, and nonfiction have been published in many journals. He is a senior editor at Mayday and New American Press. The Doors You Mark Are Your Own, a novel coauthored with Okla Elliott, was released by Dark House Press in 2015.

Pale Imposters

[This story was originally published, in a slightly different form, in the Winter 2011 issue of Our Stories Literary Journal.] You probably think it’s pathetic for a thirty-year-old guy to live in his mother’s garage, but honestly I don’t know how … Continue reading

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In Defense of Ambiguity

In his review of Wittgenstein’s Mistress, a seminal experimentalist novel by David Markson, David Foster Wallace describes Markson’s narrative technique as “deep nonsense.” That novel tells the story of a woman who lives alone in a house on a beach, … Continue reading

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Chasing the Hare

by Raul Clement [Author’s note: This story originally appeared in the Spring 2011 issue of Blue Mesa Review. You can purchase the issue here.] The turnpike’s crowded come Thanksgiving, so at first Dylan doesn’t notice her, the new girl at … Continue reading

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Small Press Review Series: On Style, or the Natural Lack Thereof As its Own Kind of Style, in Danila Botha’s Got No Secrets

Got No Secrets Danila Botha Tightrope Books (2010), 141 pages, $18.95 Some writers are comfortable in a style the way that certain people are comfortable in their clothes. This is not to say that the chosen style is superior; rather, … Continue reading

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Small Press Review Series: Adam Robison and Other Poems (A Call to Arms or At Least to the Continued Search for the Munitions Locker* of Meaning Where Arms Might Be Kept)

Adam Robison and Other Poems Adam Robinson Narrow House (2010), 77 pages, $12 As an editor at a small press/journal, I wage daily confrontation against the sheer tonnage of quality work out there. After awhile, you don’t always ask yourself … Continue reading

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Small Press Review Series: One Last Good Time and the Literary Platypus

One Last Good Time Michael Kardos Press 53 (2010), 185 pages, $14.95 The trouble with interconnected story collections is that they are interconnected. I know, I know: the first rule of tautology club is the first rule of tautology club. … Continue reading

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Frozen on a Street Corner While the Unbludgeoned World Moves Forward

Michel Franco’s Daniel y Ana In the last decade or so, Mexican film has been among the most consistently interesting in the world. It has a certain moral and social grittiness not seen in most American movies, but a tightly-edited … Continue reading

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