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Margaret Karmazin

Margaret Karmazin | Redecorating

I lived two years as a female before surviving my surgery and now look good enough to draw catcalls from the street boys. Though born a male, my mind and soul are those of a straight female. Traditional and romantic, what I’ve always wanted is what women used to want in Lucy’s & Desi’s day: a wedding in a white dress (or cream in my case; white washes me out) […]

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Victor David Sandiego

Victor David Sandiego | Retribution befriends my enemy

Or: How The Assassination Backfired We pray his death to purge our world of pain, put the burden of our sorrow down. We pine for peace to celebrate our fear a final boot print in the slow path of our dust. Yet the pleasure his murder provides us suffers an infant death. Our grief from its grave rapidly resurrects, runs sobbing along the rivers. Families strewn to anxious tribes, we […]

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Rabbi Michael Lerner

Rabbi Michael Lerner | The Jewish response to injustice

Jewish theology holds that there is a karmic order, so that evil actions will not always run the world. Justice and compassion are both essential to the survival of the planet.  Unlike many religions that focus on individual sinners and imagine that they will be punished in some future not currently verifiable—for example in a heaven or hell after life, or in a reincarnation in some form that provides rewards […]

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Martin Willits

Martin Willits | Selected poems

Opus 18 A house of yellow rain has fallen heavily on vast fields. What we do next depends upon too many possibilities, locked in a chest. This is why the world never gets anything done. Heat increases, clicking like a beetle.   Death has taken all the pretty colors. When someone asks what time it is, do not look for a clock on the moon; answer, honestly: It is too […]

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