Archive | June, 2014

Nicholas Powers | Now all men

“I DON’T KNOW WHY you girls aren’t attracted to me,” he said into the camera. “But I will punish you all for it.” The next day, on May 24, news headlines said that a young man named Elliot Rodger in Isla Vista, California, drove around stabbing and shooting until six people were dead. He crashed his car and shot himself dead, leaving families to mourn slain loved ones. And he […]

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William Rivers Pitt | The Astonishing Privilege of Fatherhood

IT BEGINS IN THE DAWN’S EARLY LIGHT with a coo, or a thump, or “Ho jeez,” or “A-duk-a-duk-a-duk-a-duk,” or “Da da dee da dee da dah” coming out of the baby monitor that stands at attention on my dresser. You could run a freight train past my pillow, yank-start a chainsaw next to my head, or fire a 21-cannon salute through my bedroom wall at that hour, and odds are […]

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Gerald Stanek

Gerald R. Stanek | The Initiation Game

PLAY WITH ME, I plead. You smile and nod. With a sweeping gesture befitting a sideshow illusionist, I unveil a glittering array of game pieces to choose from. There are the usual suspects: the thimble, the top hat, the baldheaded pegs and pawns; but in this game we have other options, which you are quick to note: the intricate sri yantra, the sturdy square and compass, the rosy cross, the […]

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John Enrico Douglas | Two poems for Svetlana

To Svetlana Tuesday May 20, 7:00 am I, peninsula You, the sea Vulcan on the cliff’s edge Venus on the shore Your soft touch Creates order from entropy Focusing my ev’ry particle To love you more and more — What it feels like to be chosen What it feels like to be chosen? Something like the opposite of frozen A heart–heat originating from somewhere center Coursing every channel warm blood […]

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