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They found me looking happy
by the East River. Fifty lashings, they said.
For believing, I was punished.
For doubting, I was punished.
My family, we were celebrants, we enthused the South, we enthused the North.
Testify, they said, and …
It happens in our sleep; we wake one otherwise normal morning to find the Garden District lawns overrun with towering green stalks and weird red blooms, delicate and menacing. When the owner of Holiday Heaven on Government Street committed suicide …8
Should Our Undoing Come Down Upon Us White, by Jill Osier. Bull City Press, 2013. $12, 36 pages.
Robert Frost begins “Fire and Ice” by offering a choice between the two elements: one or the other, he says, fire …10
The title of Melissa Malouf’s new novel, More Than You Know (Dalkey Archive Press, 2014), is more than the title of a classic Vincent Youmans’ song from the 1930s. It’s also a reflection on the perpetual state of mind of the …1
One thing any scientist understands is failure.
Many research projects fail to produce results
and nature’s own products often suck
—look at a duck: you think it’s going to
survive natural selection? A quack in New Jersey
and bam: mutation, extinction …
For a beating that he gave
his woman for cheating
on him, she in turn threw
lye into his son’s face
who’d just begun playing
a cigar-box guitar at the age
of seven—a tin cup strung
around his neck as …
Almighty God, in your infinite wisdom you have outfitted us with the necessary physical accouterments for reproduction, the stimulation and appreciation of which not only brings us great pleasure, but allows the codes of our DNA to mingle with our …5
A year ago, James Marriott and Mika Minio-Paluello, activists at the London-based organization Platform, published The Oil Road: Journeys from the Caspian Sea to the City of London. An account of their travels along thousands of miles of BP …3
Nicholas Montemarano’s latest book, The Book of Why, tells the story of what happens when a believer is put to the ultimate test. Self-help author Eric Newborn preaches the power of a positive mind to heal all. When his …0
it is winter again.
that try to fool us with their heat
cannot last long,
cannot convince us
of any other season but this:
rosebuds, puckered like sweetest mouths,
the chinese talla,
letting go its autumn …