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Illustration by Jordan Sondler In Ben Lerner’s first novel, Leaving the Atocha Station, published in 2012, the protagonist Adam Gordon claims to have authored a poem whose text first appears in Lerner’s first book of poetry, The Lichtenberg Figures. Gordon is a young American writer loafing in Madrid on a yearlong poetry fellowship; Lerner himself did the exact same thing. The novel won the Believer Book Award and announced Lerner to a wider audience. Leaving...