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Essays

Autumn 1997 Edition Selections

“Perpetual Motion”

by Michael Van Walleghen

A miracle of engineering
right up there with Holland,
we thought, the human heart,

or those alien-built canals
we’d read about on Mars.


“Nocturne: Joshua Tree”

by Timothy Liu

At Yucca Valley,

the joshua trees stood apart as poets
do from the world, . . .


“With A Ravenous Spike”

by Beckian Fritz Goldberg

I know that city coyote
will take the moon in his teeth tonight,
it’s so thin, low,
a pith between darkness and fruit.


“Heavy Breathing”

by Eugene Goodheart

I don’t make obscene phone calls, but people sometimes hesitate before they respond, because I’m a heavy breather. I have what is called late onset asthma, the kind that suddenly appears in middle age after a crisis, such as divorce. Children may outgrow their asthma, but late onset asthma is a rest-of-the-life sentence.

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