THIS ISSUE’S VERSE: Welcome to the July 2014 issue, for which we mostly have ourselves to blame. After weeks of negotiations with our lawyers, Mr. Corporate Entity offers a regressive work, one which more than decisively counterpoints, as one might expect, the perspicacity and concupiscence of this extraordinary journal’s mise-en-scène, avec SCOTUS. Please do not sue us. Our friend and mentor Mr. Hal Sirowitz returns with another 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 exemplifying chafing. Returning yet again, Mr. Sirowitz jarringly apposes a sense of immediacy with a sense of loss and anal retention re: the modern philosophy of listicles. Similarly, Ms. April Salzano‘s work illustrates a historic breakthrough technically and compositionally, as well as being loaded, much like the end credits of the latest Transformers movie, with tragic and metaphysical portent. What begins as triumph soon becomes corroded into a cacophony of hopelessness and futility in Mr. Robert L. Martin‘s powerful composition, which we defy you to comprehend. Cleverly apropos of our current culture of near-constant self-indulgence, Mr. Henry Goldkamp sheds light on a post-moral landscape that embodies the failed moral and ethical sophistication of Kevin Hart’s farcical attempts at comedy. Déjà vuing, Mr. Goldkamp sharply defines a stunning moment in literary tradition based strictly on a jaundiced cynicism, mimicking Prince George’s latest diaper escapade. And Mr. Rich Harris whose work explores the relationship between mythology and misogyny, displays new variations generated from both constructed and deconstructed effluvia.
IN PROSE: Meanwhile, Ms. Jessica L. Kleinman writes with admirable clarity and concision on a subject of extreme complexity, understood only by advanced cultures not just undiscovered but as yet unborne. Ms. Rebecca Dougherty‘s story 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.