This month, poet-essayist Brian Christian proposes a way of thinking about language and reality. It has to do with compression. You will feel heavy and light at the same time. Flash-fictionista Kirsten Rue mitigates, discovers, and sculpts. An unidentified fingerbone is involved. Poet Kary Wayson takes a walk in the sun with that little kid, the world. Poet Elizabeth Cooperman is "doomed by well-meaning photography always to have an expression." Professor David Bosworth reads from his essay "Auguries of Decadence: American Television in the Age of Empire." It requires contextualization. Be prepared for reality TV, TBN, the Iraq war, embarrassment, and glossolalia.