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The Paris Review No. 203, Winter 2012

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Susan Howe on the art of poetry: “I often think of the space of a page as a stage, with words, letters, syllable characters moving across.” And excerpts from the First Annual Norwegian-American Literary Festival, with Donald Antrim, Elif Batuman, John Jeremiah Sullivan, and Norwegian filmmaker Joachim Trier.

New fiction from James Salter, Rachel Kushner, Sarah Frisch, Tim Parks, Peter Orner, and the winner of the NPR Three-Minute Fiction Contest, and an essay by J. D. Daniels.

Poems by Ben Lerner, Linda Pastan, Devin Johnston, Yasiin Bey, Geoffrey Hill, Regan Good, Joshua Mehigan, and Steven Cramer. A portfolio of images that inspired Rachel Kushner’s novel The Flamethrowers.

Table of Contents


Sarah Frisch, Housebreaking  Full Text

Rachel Kushner, Blanks

Peter Orner, The Vac-Haul

Tim Parks, The Tangling Point

James Salter, Virginia

Marc Sheehan, The NPR Three-Minute Fiction Contest  Full Text


The Editors, From the Proceedings of the First Annual Norwegian-American Literary Festival  Full Text

Susan Howe, The Art of Poetry No. 97  Full Text


Yasiin Bey, One Called Trill

Steven Cramer, Lackawanna

Regan Good, The Wasps’ House

Geoffrey Hill, Three Poems

Devin Johnston, Means of Escape

Ben Lerner, No Art

Joshua Mehigan, Two Poems

Linda Pastan, Ah, Friend


Rachel Kushner, The Flamethrowers  Full Text


J. D. Daniels, Letter from Kentucky  Full Text