The Paris Review No. 218, Fall 2016

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Ishmael Reed on the Art of Poetry: “I read Dante and realized how much power a writer could have. A writer could put people in hell who weren’t even dead yet.” J. H. Prynne on the Art of Poetry: “Writers had better not be too cocksure that they’ve got inspiration on their side.”

New fiction by Amie Barrodale, Ann Beattie, Andrew Martin, and Akhil Sharma.

Poems by Major Jackson, Lawrence Joseph, Rowan Ricardo Phillips, Michael Robbins, Erika L. Sánchez, Charles Simic, Karen Solie, and Susan Stewart.

Nonfiction by Nathalie Léger; and a portfolios of work by Lincoln Perry and Adam Bartos.

About this issue’s contributors

Table of Contents


Amie Barrodale, Protectors

Ann Beattie, Panthers

Andrew Martin, No Cops

Akhil Sharma, The Well


J. H. Prynne, The Art of Poetry No. 101

Ishmael Reed, The Art of Poetry No. 100


Major Jackson, You, Reader

Lawrence Joseph, Is What It Is

Rowan Ricardo Phillips, Little Songs

J. H. Prynne, Four Poems

Ishmael Reed, The Diabetic Dreams of Cake

Michael Robbins, Walkman

Erika L. Sánchez, Love Story

Charles Simic, History

Karen Solie, A Hermit

Susan Stewart, Channel


Adam Bartos and Ben Lerner, Chris Marker’s Studio  Full Text

Lincoln Perry, Past Present  Full Text


Nathalie Léger, Barbara, Wanda