The Steinach Operation

A place of semi-natural vigor.


Farewell, SB...farewell.

A sad time here in Beantown. We are losing one of the greats. SB. She's off to Oregon. We do lunch in the gardens like every day. Here's how it goes:

The lone white duck in the pond. He swims backwards to impress the ladies.

Me by our fave sculpture near a sweet weeping beech tree.

A close up of our fave sculpture. We'll just let this one wash over you (one child mounted on another...the one on top tugging the hair of the one on the bottom).

A short play by SB:

Chris: Pigeon, what are you doing up in that tree?
Pigeon: I'm a real bird in a real tree.
Chris: A pigeon that talks? Let me take some digi pics.
Pigeon: Hey, I just told you I'm not a pigeon.
Chris: You are a liar. I don't care what color your feathers are.
Pigeon: I'm mimicking a pigeon for kicks. Like how you pretend to be straight.
Chris: After I take your picture, I'm going to feed you to a toddler.
Pigeon: The one in the plaid sundress?
Chris: That's right. Hold still, pigeon, I'm trying to get a captivating shot
to put up on my blodge. It's going to be an existential piece called:
Pigeon Right Before Death, or That's Right I Said Pigeon!
Pigeon: If I had teeth I'd bite your face.
Chris: Oooo, I'm so scared. If I had arms I'd knock you off that branch.
Oh wait, look. I DO have arms....



What: A reading hosted by LIT and Redivider.

Where: The Bowery Poetry Club, 308 Bowery (between Bleecker Street and Houston Street, across from CBGB’s), NYC

When: Sunday, August 27th, 2:00 to 3:30 p.m.


Laura Cronk received an MFA in poetry from The New School. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Conduit, LIT, McSweeney’s, No Tell Motel and other journals. Her poems have been anthologized in The Bedside Guide to No Tell Motel and Best American Poetry 2006.

Katie Degentesh lives in New York City. Her poems and writings have appeared in Shiny, Fence, The Brooklyn Rail, and numerous other venues. Her first book, The Anger Scale, is forthcoming from Combo Books. Each poem in the book is titled with a question from the MMPI (Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory) and constructed with the help of Internet search engines.

Timothy Liu
is the author of six books of poems, most recently For Dust Thou Art (Southern Illinois University Press, 2005). He lives in Hoboken, New Jersey.

Sampson Starkweather was born and raised in North Carolina, where he got vomited on by a bunch of vultures in a greenhouse. He now lives in Chappaqua, New York, where he is an editor of science textbooks. He is working on a screenplay about the inner life of Alec Baldwin, involving two red blood cells whose unbridled desire leads to a short life of trouble, trouble, trouble. His handwriting has been discussed in several leading medical journals.

Pauls Toutonghi was born in Seattle, Washington. He received his MFA in poetry and his Ph.D. in English literature from Cornell University. His fiction has appeared in Zoetrope: All-Story, One Story Magazine, The Boston Review, Glimmer Train, Book Magazine, and many others. Pauls received a Pushcart Prize for his short story, “Regeneration,” which appeared in The Boston Review in 2000, when he was twenty-three. His first novel, Red Weather, was published by Random House in May 2006.

About LIT

LIT, a journal based at New School University in New York City, released its first issue in 1999. The most recent edition, LIT 11, includes work by Michael Burkard, Katie Degentesh, Stephen Dixon, Stephen Dunn, D. Nurkse, Jennifer Michael Hecht, Amy King, Rosmarie Waldrop, and many others.

About Redivider

Redivider, a journal of new literature and art based at Emerson College in Boston, has recently published work by Pauls Toutonghi, Timothy Liu, Bob Hicok, and Dorianne Laux, as well as interviews with Kelly Link, Antonya Nelson, and Richard Russo. The Fall 2006 issue will feature Steve Almond, Kevin Wilson, Ed Skoog, Ange Mlinko, interviews with Cate Marvin and Tony D’Souza, and much more!

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