LITTLE WERNER

While knowledge of the Holocaust is fading as fewer and fewer survivors are left, there is still more knowledge of the concentration camps like Auschwitz than there is of how such treacherous machinery was built to begin with: it started with those who were disabled and mentally ill. From 1937 to 1941 the Nazis instituted […]

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FUZZY BRAIN

When I was finally diagnosed with spondylitis 7 years ago, it was my body of course that showed the signs first: the pain and stiffness, fatigue. When I began graduate school two years after that, something else happened, another facet of the illness appeared causing a different sort of trouble: brain fog. As I went […]

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THE LAYERS

I have walked through many lives,some of them my own,and I am not who I was,though some principle of beingabides, from which I strugglenot to stray.When I look behind,as I am compelled to lookbefore I can gather strengthto proceed on my journey,I see the milestones dwindlingtoward the horizonand the slow fires trailingfrom the abandoned camp-sites,over […]

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MURDER AND MAYHEM

Growing up I was exposed to a steady stream of murder and mystery courtesy of my mother. Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple. Sherlock Holmes and Watson. Charlie Chan. Ellery Queen. And the one I truly dreaded: Jessica Fletcher. Each Sunday evening we watched the Cabot Cove, Maine mystery writer amateur sleuthing her way to the […]

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WINDY

Who’s tripping down the streets of the citySmilin’ at everybody she seesWho’s reachin’ out to capture a momentEveryone knows it’s Windy How gloriously windy it’s been here today in Hay. I have the tendency to think about life according to music–songs I love, hate, or that were playing during key moments. As I sat in […]

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LONDON TO WALES

It was not the best flight I’ve ever had. In fact, it was horrendous, mostly on account of the spondylitis. BA202 was scheduled to leave at 9:40pm on August 6th, but left two hours after that. We sat on the tarmac for TWO HOURS as the flight crew handed out plastic cups of water for […]

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