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“The Violent Was Flawed on the Lawn”

March 21, 2016 - by Mr. Shay Tasaday, Editor in Chief

THIS ISSUE’S VERSE: In his work, which we are once again proud to feature here, Hal Sirowitz explores the relationship between new class identities, counter-terrorism, feng shui, and time management. With influences as diverse as Martha Stewart and Cookie Monster, Melanie Browne explores the relationship between the tyranny of intertextuality and Nicomachean Ethics. By studying sign processes, signification, and communication, 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 a multitude of paradigms. Ever contemplative, Valentine Williams 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. Similarly, James B. Nicola‘s work illustrates a historic breakthrough technically and compositionally. What begins as triumph soon becomes corroded into a cacophony of hopelessness and futility when Megan Cassidy sheds light on a post-moral landscape that embodies the failed moral sophistication of populism. Rando Úchylák 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. Martin Levinson displays new variations generated from both constructed and deconstructed notion of immortality. Meanwhile, Blake Austin 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, S. B. Klein‘s poem attempts to assail the broadest and most metaphysically significant questions of human existence, allowing her work to become a mirror into which readers do not merely look, but become a part. This issue’s headline taken from “A Cold Spring” by Elizabeth Bishop.

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