Fall 2020

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Volume 108, No. 3
Fall 2020
The Yale Review

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black and white photo of picture frames and scattered sculptural items

A Forger’s Art

The photographer who saved the lives of 14,000 Jews
Adolfo Kaminsky
September 1, 2020
photograph of metal match box with "a [image of a match] for you at any time" printed on the front

Everything Bright Is Something Burned

How to mourn a planet
Erica Berry
September 1, 2020
Blurred photograph of trees with barely distinguishable reflection of two people

Lovecraft and Me

How cosmic horror gave me hope
Kieran Setiya
September 1, 2020
chalkboard with yellow line along top and bottom

My Silent Childhood

I didn’t know my name until I went to kindergarten. Then I became a writer.
Maureen Sun
September 1, 2020
Photograph of white house

Soup Can; or, On Hospitality

Anything can become a weapon in America, especially against those who dare to cross the color line
Wendy S. Walters
September 1, 2020


Picture of sky as if looking up from under water, with pool tiles reflected onto sky

Ana and the Water

Carla Guelfenbein
Nicole Bell
September 1, 2020
Photo of kitchen


What my dad told me
Jesse Ball
September 1, 2020
Picture of multiple buildings and houses at sunset


Jared Jackson
September 1, 2020

So Long

Antonio Tabucchi
Elizabeth Harris
September 1, 2020
Square blue tiles in different shades of blue

The Blessing of Kali

Irene Muchemi-Ndiritu
September 1, 2020
City skyline at night with a telephone wire in the foreground

The Queen of Bark and Darkness

Joanna Hershon
September 1, 2020



Mark Bibbins
September 23, 2020
Ghostly personified Death over grave. Jan Toorop, O Grave, where is thy Victory?, 1892. Courtesy Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.

After Death

Roger Reeves
September 1, 2020
Pixelated zoomed-in photo of a face. Martin Howard / Creative Commons

An Account

Tomas Unger
September 1, 2020
Corner of a windowed room with walls lit up red at night. Thomas Hawk / Creative Commons

As the Rain Comes Down Harder

Carl Phillips
September 1, 2020
Colorful abstract image. Rob de Vries / Creative Commons

Boethius’ Body

Jacob Eigen
September 1, 2020
Neon lights in vertical stripes. Hendrik Dacquin / Creative Commons

Elevator Closed, Elevator Open

Matthea Harvey
September 1, 2020
Abstract on grey background. Detail from Ono Tadashige, Kita no umi, 1974. Courtesy Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.

Here & There

Will Frazier
September 1, 2020
3 people at sign. When a Government Turns Its Back..., 1987-95. Courtesy The New York Public Library Digital Collections, NY.

If the Cure for AIDS,

Linda Gregerson
September 1, 2020
Midges and a blue sky with clouds


Jake Crist
September 1, 2020
Floral pattern.  Detail from Samuel Jesserun de Mesquita, Stylized Floral Pattern, ca. 1905. Courtesy Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

Mushmouf’s Maybe-Crown

Phillip B. Williams
September 1, 2020
Spider on its web. Detail from Keystone View Co., Writing Spider and Web, ca. 1900. Courtesy The J. Paul Getty Museum, L.A.


Jacob Eigen
September 1, 2020
White plant on blue background. Detail of Anna Atkins, Polysiphonia cristata, ca. 1843–53. Courtesy Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.


Armen Davoudian
September 1, 2020
Photograph of the moon. Benson Chan / Public Domain

Rat Among the Pines

Roger Reeves
September 1, 2020
Cobblestone street with blue car and stone buildings. Mozzercork / Creative Commons


Hannah Hirsh
September 1, 2020
Photograph of a forest at night. Fredrick Matheson / Creative Commons

The Southern Hemisphere

Jacob Eigen
September 1, 2020
Fish etched in white on black surface. Henri Verstijnen, Chaetodon Fish, ca. 1892–1931. Courtesy Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.

The Twenty-First Century

Jacob Eigen
September 1, 2020
Black-and-white photo of dog running by ocean. Phil Dolby / Creative Commons

Yesterday I Saw a Dog at the Tideline

Krystyna Dabrowska
Mira Rosenthal
September 1, 2020

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