Nonfiction | June 19, 2020
Exile in the Desert with Sarmi Moussa
In the end, it is the reality of personal relationship that saves everything.
It was past midnight, and the bench I sat on in the small mud-brick airport in Ouargla was hard. It kept me from sleeping. I was in transit in this remote oasis town, waiting until just before sunrise to board the flight to Djanet in the southeastern Algerian Sahara. It was here that I saw Tuareg men for the first time.
Two large draped forms filled the bench across from me—men dressed in their traditional indigo caftans with white turbans called cheches wrapped around their heads and draped across their faces so only dark eyes were visible. Tuareg men are sometimes referred to as “blue men” because the indigo dye can stain their skin. The pictures I had seen of Tuareg people didn’t do justice to these two imposing figures, and I watched them doze off. The Berber-speaking Tuaregs of North Africa were known for their camel-caravan journeys across the Sahara. Now they take planes when they need to, and drought has forced them to sell off their herds and crowd into tented camps and oasis towns.
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Featuring the work of Marck Beggs-Uema, Stephen Berg, Robin Behn, Christopher Buckley, Kathryn Chetkovich, Gillian Conoley, Carl Dennis, Wayne Dodd, Ken Fifer, Norman Finkelstein, Diana Hume George, James Harms, Jane Hirshfield, Brooke Horvath, Edward Kleinschmidt, Scott Lasser, Lucile Lichtblau, Bill Meissner, Josip Novakovich, Max Phillips, Tracy Philpot, Bin Ramke, David Ray, Eugene
13.1 (Spring 1990)
Featuring work by Karl Bermann, Bruce Bond, Pat Bridges, Robert Olen Butler, Kenneth Zamora Damacion, Juan Delgado, Jeanne Dixon, Mark Doty, George Garratt, Anthony Giardina, E.S. Goldman, Colette Inez, Larry
12.3 (Fall 1989): History as Literature
Featuring works by E.P. Howell, John D. Howell, George Sargent, Elisha Steel… and an interview with Esther Jane Rohrer by Ginger Jones and Christian Michener.
12.2 (Summer 1989)
Featuring work by Will Baker, Bruce Beasley, Tibor Dery, Don Kreck DuPree, Stuart Friebert, Michael Gurian, Joseph Harrison, Lola Haskins, G.W. Hawkes, Ben A. Heller, David Keller, Thomas E. Kennedy,
12.1 (Spring 1989)
Featuring the works of Chinua Achebe, David Baker, Walter Bargen, Jim Barnes, Kay Bonetti, Sharon Bryan, Michael Burns, Michael Collier, Glover Davis, Deborah Digges, Sascha Feinstein, H. E. Francis, Reginald
11.3 (Fall 1988)
Featuring the work of R.E.W. Adams, Susan Allport, Robert Crease, James Gleick, Patrick Huyghe, Morton Hunt, Roger Lewin, James Patterson, Jack Sanders, Herman Schneider, Leo Schneider, Lois Wingerson, Terra Ziporyn,
11.2 (Spring 1988)
Featuring the work of Martha Bennett Stiles, Stephanie Bobo, Richard Chess, Lawrence Coates, Bettina Drew, William Faulkner, James Frazee, James Harms, Robert Hedin, Michael Heffernan, Mark Jarman, Greg Johnson, Rodney
11.1 (Winter 1988)
Featuring work by Molly Bendall, Christopher Buckley, Peter Cooley, Catherine Dai, Gerald Duff, Robert Farnsworth, Bruce Guernsey, Brooks Haxton, Brenda Hillman, Linda Hogan, Andrew Hudgins, Rodney Jones, Margaret Kaufman, Jane
10.3 (Fall 1987)
Featuring the work of Nicholas Christopher, Killarney Clary, Theodore Dreiser, Donald Finkel, Maria Flook, Eamon Grennan, Fred Haefele, G. W. Hawkes, John Meredith Hill, Lewis Horne, Lynda Hull, Richard Jackson, Kerry Johanssen, Ken Kalfus, Nina Kennedy, Daryl Lane, Syndey Lea, David Zane Mairowitz, Kevin McIlvoy, Howard Nemerov, Alicia Ostriker, Molly Peacock, Shannon Ravenel, James Ulmer, Bruce Weigl…and an interview with William Gass.
10.2 (Summer 1987)
Featuring the work of Will Baker, Steve Bauer, Don Bogen, Richard Cecil, Alice Denham, Richard Dokey, Robert Farnsworth, Anne Fleming, Sandra Gilbert, Brenda Hillman, Andrew Hudgins, T. R. Hummer, Robert Juarroz, Jackson Lears, Philip Levine, Gardner McFall, Pablo Neruda, Lowrey Pei, Joanna Scott, Arthur Smith, Dave Smith, Maura Stanton, D. E. Steward, Henry David Thoreau, Barton Wilcox, Alan Williamson, Anne Winters…and an interview with Richard Ford.
10.1 (Winter 1987)
Featuring the work of Don Bogen, Michelle Boisseau, Louis Budd, Jack Driscoll, Michel Englebert, Carol Frost, C.W. Gusewelle, Ehud Havazelet, Stephen Haven, Larry Kramer, Ellen Lesser, Lisa Lewis, Kathy Miller, Michael Pettit, James Ragan, Louis Simpson, Gerold Spath, Jack Stephens, Mark Twain, Michael Ullman, Jon Veinberg, Roger Weingarten, Gary Young, Barry Yourgrau…and interview with Charles Wright…and a feature by R.D. King.
9.3 (Fall 1986)
Featuring work by Kent Nelson, William Blythe, John Deming, Kevin Desinger, Steve Yarbrough, Edward Falco, George Collazo, James McMichael, Susan Wood, Marnie Prange, Maura High, Edward Bryne, Ira Sadoff, Sandra
9.2 (Summer 1986)
Featuring work by Jeffrey Harrison, Todd Lieber, David Ohle, Janet Kauffman, Christopher McIlroy, James Harkness, William S. Burroughs, James Tate, Martha Bennett Stiles, James McKinley, Deborah Digges, Maggie Anderson, Greg
9.1 (Winter 1986)
Featuring work by Catherine Brady, Joyce Carol Oates, Andrew Hudgins, Kevin McIlvoy, Margaret Edwards, Mary Bush, Christopher Buckley, Carol Muske, James Galvin, Larry Kramer, Michael White, David Wojahn, Arthur Smith,
8.3 (Summer 1985)
Featuring work by Sandra Scofield, Bharati Mukherjee, Susan Land, Bret Lott, Charles Kuschinski, Margaret Hermes, Ron Carlson, Ninotchka Rosca, Wing Tek Lum, Vern Rutsala, James Camp, Gary Brozio, Greg Pape,
8.2 (Spring 1985)
Featuring work by Naomi Jacobs, Marcelle Martin, Amy Hempel, Joy Williams, John Dufresne, Robert Taylor Jr., Mark Schoofs, Naquib Mahfouz, John Mort, Elizabeth Spires, John Veinberg, Mark Jarman, Lex Runciman,
8.1 (Fall 1984)
Featuring work by Robert William Antoni, Mary Bringle, Curt Leviant, Michael O’Hanlon, Robert Reeves, Thalia Selz, Janet Beeler Shaw…and interviews with Michael Curtis, Donald Klopfer, Lucy Rosenthal, Tom Jenks, Chip
7.3 (Spring 1984)
Featuring work by Russell Banks, Bruce Beasley, George Bogin, Christopher Buckley, Dino Campana, Rene Char, Fred Chappell, Reed Way Dasenbrock, Glover Davis, Robb Forman Dew, Katherine Estill, Kathy Fagan, Carol Frost, Margo Glantz, Daniel Halpern, Laura Hendrie, Katherine Kane, Hank Lazer, Michael Milburn, Ricardo Pau-Llosa, Omar Pound, Pattiann Rogers, Philippe Soupault… as well as an interview with Charles Simic and a special feature on Tennessee Williams.
7.2 (Winter 1984)
Our look at science fiction, featuring work by Brian Aldiss, Michael Bishop, Algis Budrys, Louis Gallo, Bev Jafek, David Ketterer, Douglas A. Mackey, Timothy F. Mitchell, David Ohle, Fred Pfeil, Kit Reed, Carter Scholz, Frederick Turner, Connie Willis… and interviews with Ursula LeGuin, Stanislaw Lem, and Philip K. Dick.
7.1 (Fall 1983)
Featuring work by Michael Alley, Christine Balk, Walter Bargen, Robin Behn, Ricardo Castillo, Peter Cooley, Jon Davis, Christine Deavel, Jeff Friedman, Matthew Graham, Stephen Haven, Art Homer, Mark Jarman, Robert L. Jones, Kendra Kopelke, Thomas McAfee, Walter McDonald, James McKean, Michael Mott, Johnathan Penner, Michael Pfeifer, Paula Rankin, David Ray, Nickell Romjuee, Sennis Saleh, Sharon Sheehe Start, Dan Stryk, James Tate, Byll Travis, Damian Whalen, Daniel Woodrell, Carolyne Wright… as well as interviews with Stephen Dunn and Jack Conroy and a special feature on the American literary magazine.
6.3 (Summer 1983)
Featuring work by Deb Allerby, Jack Barrack, Ginger Bingham, Jonathan Cohen, Karen Fish, David Groff, Nancy Shields Hardin, John Helton, Jr., Andrew Hudgins, Jerome Kinkowitz, Philip Levine, Robert McNamera, Michael Milburn, R.K. Narayan, Eric Pankey, Ira Sadoff, Gary Soto, Stephen Tapscott, Barry Targan, Jeanie Thompson, and Dan Thrapp.
6.2 (Winter 1983)
Featuring work by Jorge Amado, Marvin Bell, Jeanne Bernhard, Michael Blumenthal, Don Bogen, Sidney Burris, Francois Camoin, Deborah Digges, Jack Hand, Jack Heflin, Lois Lindblad, Patrick Madden, Thomas McAfee, James McCorkle, Colleen J. McElroy, Martha McFerren, Kent Nelson, David St. John, Gregory Orr, Michael Pettit, David Ray, Peggy Shumaker, Ben Siegel, Jim Simmerman, Volodia Teitelboim, William Trowbridge, James Ulmer, Michael Waters, Gloria Whelan, Wendy Wieber… and an interview with Harry Crews.
6.1 (Fall 1982)
Featuring work by Lee K. Abbot, Jr., Agha Shaid Ali, Anthony Caputi, Edison Dupree, Stephen Dunn, James Galvin, Jorie Graham, Joyce James, Yusef Komunyakaa, William Matthews, Stephen Minot, Julia Mishkin, Carole Muske, David Ohle, Sharon Olds, Stanley Plumly, Judith Root, L.M. Rosenberg, Michael Sheridan, Arthur Smith, Bruce Weigl, Dara Wier, Z. Vance Wilson, David Wojahn… and an interview with Robert Stone and the letters of Ezra Pound.
5.3 (Summer 1982)
Featuring work by George Garratt, Mark Costello, William Goyen, Michael Pettit, Albert Goldbarth, Barbara Moore, Mark Jarman, Richard Katrovas, Cathryn Hankla, Miller Williams, Harry Hume, Stephen Sandy, Jim Simmerman, Robert
5.2 (Winter 1981-82)
Featuring work by Margaret Atwood, Marvin Bell, S. Ben-Tov, Robert Bly, Paul Bowles, David Bottoms, Stephen Dobyns, Robert Gibb, Donald Hall, David Hamilton, Jonathan Holden, Leon Howard, Aaron Kramer, Leslie Norris, Ian MacMillan, Daniel Melnick, David Perkins, Len
5.1 (Fall 1981)
Featuring work by Catherine Brady, Richard Branton, Francois Camoin, Peter Collier, Margaret Edwards, H. E. Fancis, Catherine Gammon, Perry Glasser, Jaimy Gordon, Dev Hathaway, Cary C. Holladay, Hilary Masters Mary Peterson, Tema Siegel, and Robert Thompson. This issue is sold out!
4.3 (Summer 1981)
Featuring work by Tess Gallagher, W.S. Penn, Jean Ross, Judith Moffett, Stephen Tapscott, John Engman, Jane Shore, Michael Blumenthal, Ira Sadoff, Julia Mishkin, Keith Althaus, Christopher Buckley, Boyer Rickel, Jorie
4.2 (Winter 1980)
Featuring work by Gordon Lish, Josephine Jacobsen, Anthony Caputi, Tobias Wolff, Jim Hall, Philip Levine, Garrett Hongo, Michael Pettit, Ellen Bryant Voigt, William Stafford, Laurie Sheck, Debora Greger, Gerald Stern,
4.1 (Fall 1980)
Featuring work by Raymond Carver, David Wagoner, David Ignatow, Susan Wood, Robley Wilson, Jr., David Ray, Linda Pastan, Donald Justice, Larry Levis, Gerald L. Bruns… and an essay by Frederick
3.2 (Winter 1980)
Featuring fiction from Joyce Carol Oates and Norman Lavers along with work from Galway Kinnell, Lisel Mueller, Stephen Dobyns, Richard Tillinghast, Raymond Carver, Roberta Spear, Jonathan Holden, Henry Carlile, Diane
3.1 (Fall 1979)
Featuring fiction from Carlos Fuentes, poetry from Philip Levine, Gloria Fuertes, Antonio Machado, Diane Wakoski, Colette Inez, Michael Mott, Marilyn Hacker, Madeline DeFrees, Conrad Hilberry, David Ray, Helen Chasin, Constance
2.2 (Spring 1979)
Featuring work by Jim Barnes, Christopher Buckley, Michael Burkard, Rita Dove, Douglas Delaney, Stephen Dunn, Lynn Emanuel, Jorie Graham, Albert Guerard, Denis Johnson, Lawrence Kearney, Shimaki Kensaku, Jascha Kessler, Peter
2.1 (Fall 1978)
Featuring work by Philip Booth, Paul Bowles, Peter Cooley, Wayne Dodd, Norman Dubie, Russel Edson, Stuart Friebert, Carol Frost, Albert Goldbarth, Karl Krolow, William Matthews, Judith Minty, Lisel Mueller, Kathleen Norris, Joyce
1.1 (Spring 1978)
Featuring work by Robert Bly, R. V. Cassill, Patricia Goedicke, James B. Hall, David Halpern, Philip Levine, Lesil Mueller, Joyce Carol Oates, Naomi Replansky, William Stafford, Gerald Stern, David St.
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