Archive | April, 2013

Immaculee Ilibagiza

Immaculée Ilibagiza | Surviving genocide

Immaculée Ilibagiza was a 22-year-old engineering student at the National University of Rwanda in 1994 when life as she had known it came to a horrific end. Over the course of approximately one hundred days following the assassination of Hutu president Juvénal Habyarimana, the remaining Hutu leadership, supported by the national army, local military and civil officials, mass media and ordinary Hutus, carried out the slaughter of as many as […]

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Thomas M. Atkinson

Thomas M. Atkinson | River’s Edge

We’re on an island in the middle of the Ohio just upstream from Manchester. Spite’s tied up behind the brush line nibbling at some weeds, and I’m down by the water in my panties, reaching out past the line of coal dust lapping at the sand, trying to wash the blood out of my split knuckles through a rainbow film of diesel fuel. I swam him over from Kentucky in […]

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Rain Perry

Rain Perry | Yosemite

Behind the backstop And at the breakfast table On the school bus And other assorted torture chambers The temperature drops The snow falls The glacier forms Ten thousand tons of ice Are crushing you Into a beautiful, one-of-a-kind The thaw will come And you will be Yosemite Year by year Hour by hour Insults scrape Lonlinesses scour Leaving erratics And striations A glacial terrain I’ve seen the brightest sparks Glowing […]

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Kent Gerdes

Kent Gerdes | Breaking the Speed of the Sound of Openness

Boy and backpack melting, or so it appeared, through shimmering heat curtains rising off desert sun softened asphalt, Phoenix four Mojave hours to the east.   80 to zero in 18 seconds, Chester, he said, with active eyes in a cherubic face veneered with street-wise, a slender build, pale-reddish skin, a layer of lean hard life over thin bones, steady dark brown eyes with intent when focused, shifting to shy, […]

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