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Essays

Autumn 1995 Edition Selections

“Winter in France”

by Kathryn Rhett

Snow advances to the hills surrounding town.
The artist, who has touched lepers, returns.

“The point is not to cure them,
since they come to the clinic to die.”


“The Useful Machine”

by Ron Mohring

Programmed to operate without commands, this amazing unit
practically thinks for itself. Sensitive as the delicate, twitchy hands

of a Geiger counter, but more discreet—no blinks, no whistles
nor bells—it efficiently searches and finds the particular stimuli . . .


“Intensive”

by Joyce Carol Oates

Then they are threading a needle slowly and purposefully through you. The pain is registered in saw-notched waves in a TV monitor. You have wakened several times, yet each time incompletely. You understand that it was an error to have been born encased in flesh, but you can’t remember whose error it was. . . .


“Frottage”

by Dean Young

How goofy and horrible is life. Just
look into the faces of the lovers
as they near their drastic destinations,
the horses lathered and fagged. . . .

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