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This week, we’re excited to share a Longreads Exclusive from Orion, a publication that has been featured on Longreads in the past, with pieces from Charles C. Mann, Belle Boggs and Sy Montgomery.
“The Creature Beyond the Mountains,” by Brian Doyle, is a story about the giant sturgeon…
There are still thousands of people in the NY/NJ area still without electricity after Hurricane Sandy last week. One casualty of the flooding in New York was powerHouse Arena, whose main floor was flooded with over two feet of water. They’re back open, but much of their collection is ruined.
This afternoon Orion staffers packed up 127 pounds of books to donate to powerHouse Arena’s Sandy Hates Books Fundraiser, happening November 17 in Brooklyn. Check out their Tumblr for updates on the event, and if you’re in or near the city, check it out and support powerHouse!
We’re just starting to feel the impact of Hurricane Sandy here at Orion HQ in Great Barrington. The view:
But the editors stocked up on emergency sushi and candles from the local co-op.
And Ginger’s working on manuscripts with the help of her Adventure Bandana.
We hope everyone stays safe and dry throughout the storm.
“State of the Species.” — Charles C. Mann, Orion Magazine
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It sounds like the cracks and clicks of the house settling
as the room warms in morning, it sounds like a fan
whispered up. It tastes of wood smoke—sweet and then stale.
It looks like the curve of a mountain
under streaked sky, and everything pale blue
just before sunrise, everything translucent,
even stone. The stone is blue, it tastes, after all,
like tea in a glass cup, it feels like wanting a
blanket on your lap, nesting, hovering around
a wound, no a break, where the mountain opens,
wanting to heal, to soften the gap, to close it,
like an empty room inside of me, and I want to give it fire
and fill it with humming, and make it hum
and vibrate—the resound of a chamber
opened and filled with air—with beating.
I want to fill the gap
but it keeps opening, pressing
inside to outside, unhousing
and unseeding the husk of me.
I am not a house with an empty room,
a broken window in a wall.
I am not sleep battered open by a dream,
not even a mountain turning solid again
as light rises, I am not a cave in the mountain. I
am not I—that’s what it feels like
today, waking alone in late winter. A spider
hanging her web in the doorjamb, spinning in three
dimensions—to catch what passes,
trembling with capture, all wet and shine,
moments when everything is a door.
— Cynthia Huntington
Congratulations to Orion contributor Cynthia Huntington, who is among the finalists for the National Book Award for Heavenly Bodies. Her poem “All Wet and Shine” appeared in our January/February 2010 issue.
“At ten o’clock in the evening we came to anchor in the midst of huge cakes and blocks about sixty-five feet thick within two or three hundred yards of the shore. After so many futile efforts had been made last year to reach this little ice-bound island, everybody seemed wildly eager to run ashore and climb to the summit of its sheer granite cliffs…”
John Muir, “Herald Island,” 1881.