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Orhan Pamuk, Istanbul, Turkey Matteo Pericoli’s new book, Windows on the World, features his intricate pen-and-ink illustrations of fifty views from fifty writers’ windows, including those of Orhan Pamuk, John Jeremiah Sullivan, and the late Nadine Gordimer. In short essays alongside the drawings, these authors share what they see from their windows—around the world, from Lagos to Berlin—drawing a new map of our imaginations and dreams. Now you can have your view illustrated by Pericoli, too. Starting November 1, submit a photograph of the view through your window—including the window frame—along with three hundred words about what you see, firstname.lastname@example.org. Submissions will be judged by the editors of The Paris Review and Penguin Press, and by Matteo Pericoli. The winner will receive Pericoli’s original sketch and have his or her essay published on the Paris Review Daily. Five finalists will receive signed copies of Windows on the World. By submitting a contest entry, you acknowledge that you have read and agree to the contest rules below. Submissions will be accepted from November 1-15, 2014.
Between plunging valleys, on a bareback of hill
Men in bunting colours
Bounced, and their blown ball bounced.
The blown ball jumped, and the merry - coloured men
Spouted like water to head it.
The ball blew away downward -
The rubbery men bounced after it.
The ball blew jumped up and out and hung on the wind
Over a gulf of treetops.
Then they all shouted together, and the ball blew back.
Winds from fiery holes in heaven
Piled the hills darkening around them
To awe them. The glare light
Mixed its mad oils and threw glooms.
Then the rain lowered a steel press.
Hair plastered, they all just trod water
To puddle glitter. And their shouts bobbed up
Coming fine and thin, washed and happy
While the humped world sank foundering
And the valleys blued unthinkable
Under depth of Atlantic depression -
But the wingers leapt, they bicycled in air
And the goalie flew horizontal
And once again a golden holocaust
Lifted the cloud's edge, to watch them.
From: Collected Poems of Ted Hughes, edited by Paul Keegan. London: Faber
James Friel's most recent novel, The Posthumous Affair, published in the US in 2012. His other novels includeThe Higher Realm, Left of North, Taking the Veil and Careless Talk.
He is Programme Leader for the MA in Writing at the Centre for Writing, Liverpool John Moores University. He tutors regularly for both the Arvon Foundation and at Ty Newydd.