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.
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