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“Go, sit upon the lofty hill”

October 1, 2015 - by Mr. Shay Tasaday, Editor in Chief

THIS ISSUE’S VERSE: Welcome to our latest issue, something for which we could never assiduously apologize enough. With influences as diverse as Richard Matt and David Sweat, Mr. Hal Sirowitz explores the relationship between the tyranny of intertextuality and Nicomachean Ethics, incorporating the City of Brotherly Love. By studying sign processes, signification, and communication, Ms. A.J. Huffman gifts us with a poem that allows one to view the world in context of a post-gender, socially mediated age and its arrival as one of the multitude of paradigms of zoo-based tech. Ever contemplative, Mr. Luke Moran questions the conditions of appearance of an image in the context of contemporary visual culture in which images, representations, and ideas normally function regarding human sexual identity and an uncomfortable need for mirrored ceilings. Similarly, Ms. Melanie Browne‘s work illustrates a historic breakthrough technically and compositionally, as well as being littered, much like the surface of Mars, with too many water-themed parks. What begins as triumph soon becomes corroded into a cacophony of hopelessness and futility when Mr. Claude Rancine sheds light on a post-moral landscape that embodies the failed moral sophistication of populist sitcoms. Ms. S. B. Klein sharply defines a stunning moment in literary tradition based strictly on a jaundiced cynicism, harkening back to a commentary on trends in modern self-absorption. And Ms. Amy Faith Ho, whose work explores the relationship between misandry and Mz. Andree the crossdresser, displays new variations generated from both constructed and deconstructed notion of immortality. Meanwhile, Ms. Chijin-Tùn Fou, perhaps the first alias used on this site, writes with admirable clarity and concision on a subject of extreme complexity, understood only by advanced cultures not just undiscovered but as yet unborne. And, finally, Ms. VQ Wallick‘s poem attempts to assail the broadest and most metaphysically significant questions of human existence, allowing his work to become a mirror into which readers do not merely look, but become a part.

PROSE: In Mr. Bernie Keating‘s latest work, wavering phenomena become reconfigured through studious and academic practice, the viewer is left with a clue to the limits of our multiverse. This entry’s quote from Elizabeth Barrett Browning.

PLUG: Our latest anthology is now available on Amazon.