Issue 2 Jacket

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Here is our jacket design for Issue 2!

Prose:
Margaret Duffy
Zeke Jarvis
Clyde Liffey
Stephenson Muret
Stephen O’Connor
Cynthia Reed
Mike White
K.M. Zahrt

Poetry:
Nathan Caldwell
Moriah Claud
John Grey
Kirby Jayes
Peycho Kanev
Steve Klepetar
Tyler Kline
Len Kuntz
Sydney Pacione
Richard King Perkins II
Frederick Pollack
Daniel Pujol
Amanda Rozmer
David Stallings
J.J. Steinfeld

Photography and Design:
Nick Rossi

Sobotka Issue 2 Jacket

The Fiery Pits of Profit

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An excerpt from Daniel Pujol’s poem “The Pope’s in China and You’re in Hell” reads,

“When I think about the Devil. And how he’s apparently still restrained by God.

I think about this guy.

He’s not doing anything illegal, but he’s tweaked it just enough.

Just enough to not get in trouble.

That reconciles the whole Abrahamic game board for me. The Devil is like a moral technocrat. An offshore bank account for the soul. Some kind of divine tax shelter.

Make them take what you should give. And just bend the world like a dry noodle.

He really is in the details. Not throned in Hell. He’s emailing in the bathroom, right now, articulating the cusp of not-illegal pleasures, gains, and acquisitions.”

In this poem, Daniel approaches morality with mathematics, imagining the Devil as a business savvy sleazeball rather than some sort of intangible Evil force and, in the process, secularizes sin in a way that emphasizes the role of personal agency as it relates to righteousness and resisting the temptation exploit Lucifer’s moral loopholes. Find the full poem in Issue 2.

Photo Credit: Ingrid D.
(http://road-tripping-europe.com/blog/2014/06/weekly-photo-challenge-extra-extra/)

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A Bundle of Truth

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A section from Sydney Pacione’s poem “Gospel Truth” reads,

“We believe in one God the Father the Almighty
maker of the pizza bagel served every 3rd Friday at lunch
of all that is seen and unseen like the confiscated Rosie the Riveter button.
We believe in one Lord Jesus Christ the only son of God
eternally looking down on you from the carved wooden cross in the entry way
God from God
Light from Light
broken nose from broken nose
begotten not made like the stolen Polly Pocket in Adeena’s bag.
Through him all things were made.”

In her poem, Sydney rewrites part of the Gospel and Nicene Creed, aspects of Catholic mass, and by doing so, places the reader right in the middle of the Catholic school experience. By shedding light onto the way children were treated we catch a glimpse of what was valued by this particular education system and how skewed and oppressive these methods of teaching were. Catch the entire piece in Issue 2!

Photo Credit: Donny Tidmore
(https://www.flickr.com/photos/mynamesdonny/10863224953/)

Pacione Gospel Truth