A Jittery Spoonful of Surrealism


issue6Monkeybicycle.net is the punchy literary magazine edited by Steven Seighman and Eric Spitznagel. The mag publishes writers like Tao Lin and Ryan Boudinot, and the piece on the site’s main page, “Wish” by Mike Valente, is representative of Monkeybicycle’s aesthetic. “Wish” is a jittery spoonful of surrealism that lives at the corner of poetry and prose, and it’s surely unsure which it wants to be. Which is its charm, of course. Forget staying in scene, “Wish” is about a kind of leaping from fragment to fragment, electricity jumping from cloud to cloud.

Jesse Nathan is an editor at McSweeney’s and the managing editor of the Best American Nonrequired Reading. His poetry and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in jubilat, the American Poetry Review, the San Francisco Chronicle, and the Nation. He was born in Berkeley, grew up in Kansas, and lives now in San Francisco. More from this author →