by Michael Jauchen

The Old Man and the Bench – Urs Allemann

It’s not spoiling anything to say that the old man’s twaddle does eventually stop.

300,000,000 – Blake Butler

Embedded in his encounters with himself amid piles of corpses is an ambitious attempt to breach the sublime with the flood of language in this novel.

Guantanamo – Frank Smith

In a sea of linguistic uncertainty, the locus of meaning, that original word, is more often than not established solely through force.

Travel Notes (From here — to there) – Stanley Crawford

The logic here is Kafka’s, one emphasizing powerlessness, comedy, and terror. And like Kafka’s, it’s a logic Crawford often locates in the formal structures of speech, the way language can seem to contain crucial information even when it’s actually just bunches of barks and wind.