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Summer/Fall 2003

From the Editor
Thom Didato

Richard Bausch

Jonathan Lethem

An excerpt from Project X
fiction by Jim Shepard

fiction by Liam Callanan

"Blood-Red Roses"
fiction by Leslie Blanco

"If You're Not a Bartender"
fiction by John Rubins

poetry by Jen Benka

poetry by Tom Horacek

poetry by Sadiq Bey

"Moral Improvement"
"Hunger's Story"
poetry by Adam Clay

artwork by Pamela Harris




at this point (and that's all there is), this rare
glass of rum sweats and churns slowly ( cuban rum from
the fields at sagua la grande?). no, at least...a
glass of rum. we struggle here on this boat of
recompense. what a subject for the cinema. stranded in
motion. exile fitted together with a student's ardent
desire for the scent of home. each word, each letter
filled to capacity with yearning, with desire's
explanation, with cold winter's air, with opera's
pigment. each phoneme decorated as a candle in the
hand of every single child in the world, every single
jaqueline managed to save herself some candles...the
captain offered the few he had for his cabin: we
follow the logic of the aria. i regret every wrong
turn, every snared butterfly, here on this ocean of
a clean pillow slip.
the fragrance of french soap.
a nail clip.
fresh lettuce. even the
drums of "the people of the nations"
at sagua la grande.
life requires the requiem of dreams, a non-event at my
gentle hand, my brush of stars. my blackness.

Sadiq Bey is a poet and essayist who lives and works in New York City. He has just completed and performed his re-reading of Othello for the 50th anniversary of the Venice Biennale (Italy) with composer Uri Caine. His work can be found in many anthologies and recordings, including "Nublaxploitation" (Blue Note) and "The Goldberg Variations: Bach" (Winter and Winter).

He is currently working on "The Diaries of Wifredo Lam", a performance in collaboration with video artist Yvette Mattern (Berlin) to be work-shopped at Oberlin College, spring 2004.





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