Anna Maria Hong

The Gray Box

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The apple is red, because the leaves are
green. There’s a place in the brain for orange, a
grove of reception like Nebraska or
Rome. Everyone is fond of Iowa.

The moving dot is where the monkey steers
his vision. The macaque’s thoughts click like a
warm clock. Color induction: mirror error
of the mind’s eye. On the brain’s map, orange may

be next to red, as one might hope or not.
The monkey’s thinking is a bouncing box.
The apple is red, because the leaves are not.
The fruit must be seen to be plucked, though tex-

ture has another channel known to us as touch.
There’s a woman with four cones in her mind’s watch.


ART: Paul Ferragut, Leo Katunaric, Stefanie Schneider

FICTION: Bridget Apfeld, Jennifer A. Howard, Laura Schadler

NONFICTION: Joy Katz, Shena McAuliffe, Kate Partridge, Rob Schlegel

POETRY: Dan Beachy-Quick, Carrie Fountain, Jules Gibbs, Alen Hamza, H. L. Hix, Anna Maria Hong, Krzysztof Jaworski, Thomas Kane, Eric Kocher, Jennifer MacKenzie, Andrew Nance, Paul Otremba, Kate Partridge, Beth Woodcome Platow, Catie Rosemurgy, Claire Sylvester Smith, Lesley Yalen

ET CETERA: Glenn Shaheen’s
“POET The Game”

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