Zach Horn, detail from The Garden of Nocturnal Delights, acrylic on canvas, 2015. © Zach Horn 2016; all rights reserved by the artist.

Spring 2016

Edited by Bradford Morrow.

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In his Nichomachean Ethics, Aristotle proposes that a friend is, in essence, “another self.” Without arguing his point, it is indisputable that relationships with our friends are nearly as complex as those we have with ourselves—now we’re in perfect accord, now we’re uncertain, now we find fault with our other selves and our own selves as well. Friendships are as mercurial as they are essential. We form friendships that are fraught, friendships that fade, friendships that are as important to us as our very lives. Conjunctions:66, Affinity investigates the phenomenon of friendship in its many forms, collecting innovative, provocative fiction, poetry, and essays by writers of every ilk.

Online-exclusive supplement to Affinity:
Liza Birnbaum, From Red Bird Most

Rick Moody and Darcey Steinke, An Anatomy of Friendship

Robert Coover, From Huck Out West (and audio)

Rachel Blau DuPlessis, Useful Knots and How to Tie Them

Elizabeth Gaffney, Where You Go I’ll Go

Andrew Ervin, Roll for Initiative

Stephen O’Connor, The End of the End of The World

Gilles Tiberghien, From Amitier, translated by Cole Swensen

Michelle Herman, All of Us

Robert Clark, Trailer

Jonathan Carroll, Plane Light, Plane Bright

Sallie Tisdale, Gaijin

Robert Duncan, For Sandra, with an afterword by Margaret Fisher

Jedediah Berry and Emily Houk, Hansel, Gretel, Grendel

Diane Josefowicz, Jackals

Brandon Hobson, The Cardinal

Charles B. Strozier, Your Friend Forever, A. Lincoln

Spencer Matheson, Glenn Gould Syndrome

Paul Lisicky, Head Full: Prelude to a Friendship

John Ashbery, Two Poems

J. W. McCormack, The Soft Disconnect

Isabella Hammad, Passages

Tim Horvath, The Spinal Descent

Roberta Allen, Need

M. J. Rey, Goodbye, Mister Starfish

Elizabeth Robinson, Four Poems

Matthew Cheney, Mass

Joyce Carol Oates, Friend of My Heart