Noble Metal, Best of Class

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RIP Kenneth Arrow, 23 August 1921- 21 February 2017   Bizarrely charged – not unlike Alfred inventing dynamite — often polarizing Noble Laureates taught me at Harvard and Stanford. The repellant Brit who co-discovered DNA — their shared award had the prestige of a “once in a generation Prize” — was notorious for looking-up skirts bottom of a steep auditorium …

Five-Fifty-Five Ball Park, Summer

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The Slush-Yo-Mouth truck pulls up in the magic half-hour between softball and baseball tournaments with cobalt blue paint chipping off as the truck bounces off the potholes and split-in-half bats left on the dirt road leading into the park from the county highway. A Snow Cone in purple parachute pants, no shirt, and oversized aviator sunglasses riding a neon green …

Michael Hower

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— These images were photographed at the Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site, Philadelphia, PA   by Michael Hower Michael Hower is a photographer from Central Pennsylvania where he resides with his wife and two boys. His experience with digital photography began five years ago. Over that time, he has amassed a resume of over a hundred exhibitions and publications. His …

Featured Author-Sharon Chmielarz

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Waking at Night   Such a short distance between genius and shit. Take those elephant turds Bruce Conner (1991 Walker Art Center) stacked in piles on the floor, soft cannon balls, so appealing to some humans, something we can   all relate to.  In my claustrophobic little corner (compared to the Milky Way) I am happy, moon-devotée that I am …

Vantablack

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We are all lined down; deep and thick in a pit; so black there is no other color where pleas and prayers cannot escape but seep down this jail of flesh. There is no room to bleed.   Our ghosts scoff, “Show us your chains. Give us your screams and your wails. Tell us your stories and tales of the …

The Art of Flying

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When Filmore turned thirteen, she took the test and flew. Filmore had no wings, experience, or knowledge of flying. She thought: Take the mandatory test and return home to Mom and Dad. When the examiners watched her fly, immediately they caged her so she could not fly away, and rushed her to the place for girls who fly. Her parents …

Contro Verse 2

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Aum Ah Loka Ah Hung Jah Sirocco Loam Shekinah Sirrah Sung Slippers and Tea Flippers and Thee Hi Dee Ho / Hi Dee Hee Tee Hee Tee Hee Bless me Holy Father for I have pinned thy priests’ performance to a document of sins: from raping little children to enslaving Indians, from enflaming witches, to left freezing street denizens; a …

Kummerspeck

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I. In German, Kummer means grief.   My grandmother died twice: the first time was a lie. My mom asked a friend to call her at work with a fake family emergency. Afterwards, we drove to Paducah and ate Arby’s french fries. My mother talked about how awful my grandmother was and told me I should be grateful I had …

Indiana Dunes State Park

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Grievance is impatient; Grief is patient.   On the sidewalk outside the Millgate Inn, in a baseball cap, with a catcher’s mit, it waits at 4:15 P.M. Father had promised the dunes sculpted by wind and water last summer and all autumn then Persona of the displaced roots, the tiding stem that broke ground in winter before one last freeze, …

Homesite

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it’s near winter solstice; I’m checking out so I ask what happens to them   they open the bags of seed   are there nests?   everywhere in the metal rafters   and water?   they find their own…   these birds of Lowes   *   panoramic views, surveillance   keep your hat on, brim low   by Tom …

Leah Oates

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by Leah Oates Oates has B.F.A. from the Rhode Island School of Design, an M.F.A. from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and is a Fulbright Fellow for study at Edinburgh College of Art in Scotland. Oates has had solo shows at Susan Eley Fine Art, The Central Park Arsenal Gallery, The Center for Book Arts, Real Art …

The Absurdist Son of an Immigrant Grapples with Comprehending His Google News Feed

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Google News tells me academics in India are robbing literature of any personal touch. Poor literature breeds poor syllabus breeds poor literature, a vicious cycle while banner ads of Clarks walking shoes keep stomping across my laptop. Page down leads to Baltimore cops reading Plato and James Baldwin. Then: No bombs, no guns, just 90 minutes of football. As Google …