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Spring/Summer 2003

From the Editor
Thom Didato

Charles Baxter

"The Wedding Present"
fiction by
Brock Clarke

fiction by
David Brizer

"Snow Powder"
fiction by
Josip Novakovich

"Impostor Theory"
"In Vivo"
poetry by
Mary Donnelly

"Old Bardstown"
poetry by
Ellen Hagan

"Yellow-haired Girl with Spider"
poetry by
John Rybicki

"Please be aware..."
"How to Be Well Dressed..."
poetry by
Mónica de la Torre

"Rabun I"
"Rabun II"
"Keowee I"
paintings by
Peggy Bates



Impostor Theory

If words can never express,
why even lunge for the pen or drive,
for that matter, she said, if everything
separate from is dependent upon
the thing towards which it rebels…
and on and on she went like a good
imposter, known only to herself
and those academic cads of criticism.
Better to think happy thoughts instead:

the time, it will never be right, the dress
will have eaten the bag, and hope
has dried up its own eternal spring
such that there inevitably springs to mind
an overwhelming act of philosophical
grace: we float in a sea of inadequate,
like the brine they raise babies in,
all hydroponic predicate, but such,
that no one notices. It feels, instead,

copacetic to them, so warm and wet. You see,
I'm not really an imposter, but I play one
on TV: the phony British accent, the foulard
tie and arched brow, the board-certified
psychiatrist's degree. I'm the dumb bunny
who unwittingly takes in
the beautiful schizophrenic, the very
same blonde who conceals her morning
medicine in stretch jean pockets,

who fantasizes we're in love, though
I'm a weathered old shoe of a man
with a bad case of blue-blooded
lockjaw. She thanks me with dinner
for helping her through the death
of her cancer-ridden dad, until I watch
the pornography of myself over and over
again with awe and lust and dream
that I too could produce such gum.

Mary Donnelly’s poetry has appeared in Open City, Crowd and Nerve and is forthcoming in 5AM. She co-directs the Reading Between A and B poetry series in New York City and currently lives in Brooklyn, NY.


From our
poetry archive

“I Dream A Highway”
Maggie Smith
Issue 16 - Winter 2005

"Cypress Point"
Karyna McGlynn
Issue 13 - Spring 2004


Marie Ponsot
Issue 7 -
Summer/Fall 2002