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Essays

Spring 2013 Edition Selections

“John Cage and the Anechoic Chamber”

by Jay Leeming

Arranger of absences, gray-haired composer
   of blank, Zen-minded man
       who’d given accident a voice . . .


“Lyrebird”

by Bruce Beasley

The lyrebird’s on his tumulus again, scratching
out his song
made all of mimic-music, the strung-

together mating chirrs
of butcherbird and honeyeater.


“Wrapped Up in Skin, Hidden behind Eyes”

by Gina Troisi

My stepmother, Brenda, picks out a movie for us to watch: Fatal Attraction. Sitting on the sectional couch with her feet propped up on the coffee table, Brenda says, “Makes you think twice about where to put your dick.”


“The Graceless Age”

by Kent Nelson

Anson Hempkin believed in Jesus Christ, and every night, while Faye put the kids to bed, he got down on his knees and prayed to the plastic statue on top of his television set. He prayed his roofing company would prosper, the weather would be good, and Enrique and Pablo would show up for work. He prayed the city council would grant a variance for the megahouse on the bluff, the roof for which he had a contingent contract.

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