As we near a season associated with — if not defined by — gift-giving, let’s not forget the practicality & joy of Cultural Society publications. Cheap, attractive, & ready-to-use right out of the bag, they are gifts that truly keep on giving.

Of more immediate interest, we have this update photographs from Cary Conover & Jason Ian Moriber; poems by Philip Jenks, Devin Johnston, & Peter O’Leary; & the first part of a terrific essay by Mark Scroggins.

This update’s shouts got out to Teams Yurkiewicz & Scheibe, & The First String.