19 December, 1998


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A Matter of Belief

Issue No. 19 ~ December, 1998

They told me he died at base camp. Peacefully. But I don’t believe them. It was gruesome; it was violent. Maybe he fell thousands of feet, maybe miles. Maybe his spine cracked from the impact. Perhaps nature’s ragged sculptures of ice penetrated his lust, or …


Issue No. 19 ~ December, 1998

It was fear that held him prisoner in a flat on the thirtieth floor, and, whether he was working or sleeping, his blinds were always firmly closed against the city that seemed to surround and menace him. For years he had lived this way, placating …

Rucky Man

Issue No. 19 ~ December, 1998

Duke hadn’t changed any, not a bit, even though he was getting along in years. Just as efficient as ever. He passed the small folder across the desk to Larry. The contents were mostly as usual: a photograph, a brief description of the individual, the …

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Michael Cunningham

Issue No. 19 ~ December, 1998

Lorri Holt talks with Michael Cunningham, author of A Home at the End of the World and Flesh and Blood, and comes to understand how even quality writing can be workshopped to death.

Interview with Jon Scieszka

Issue No. 19 ~ December, 1998

Ryan Boudinot interviews Jon Scieszka, author of The Stinky Cheese Man and other Fairly Stupid Tales, in an attempt to find out just what makes this author ... stink?

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The Inquisistion

Issue No. 19 ~ December, 1998

The tribunal was to meet in an anonymous building at an anonymous address on an anonymous street in an anonymous town not far from where Eric lived. He had never been to this town and since it had no name he had never heard of …

Swimming Empty

Issue No. 19 ~ December, 1998

In a bathtub in the house at the end of Road 567 the brother is soaking in fifty liters of water. It smells of sauce made of ripe red lingonberries. The water is slightly pink. When the sun hits, the pink transforms into a color …

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About Love

Issue No. 19 ~ December, 1998

Although I am a self-confessed romantic, I’m no expert on love poetry. I haven’t read a book of so-called “love poems” in years. The last love poems I remember reading are Neruda’s Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair (which I devoured), and a …

Snake’s Daughter: The Roads In and Out of War

Issue No. 19 ~ December, 1998

On March 21, 1967, ten thousand miles from home and a million miles from nowhere, an American gave his life to save the lives of his compatriots, jumping onto the back of an escaping prisoner, forcing him to the ground and covering the man’s body …

Visions of War, Dreams of Peace

Issue No. 19 ~ December, 1998

Visions of War, Dreams of Peace is a compilation of poems written by women intimately involved with the Vietnam War and the soldiers who fought it. The poets include mothers, daughters, wives, sweethearts, nurses, Red Cross workers, anti-war activists, journalists and entertainers, but the themes …

A Piece of My Heart

Issue No. 19 ~ December, 1998

Twenty-six women told their stories to Keith Walker about their experiences serving in Vietnam during the American involvement in that country. It is significant that each story is different and yet the same. Each woman tells the story of what prompted her to go to …

The Freeing of the Dust

Issue No. 19 ~ December, 1998

Many of Levertov’s poems are explicitly about her anti-American sentiments regarding the involvement of the United States in Vietnam. In “From a Plane,” the poet reflects on how Vietnam looks untouched if viewed from the air, “the great body / not torn apart, though raked …