Oct/Nov 2017

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Writing About, Speaking For
Your pockets are full of metal commas you can throw, flip, and otherwise deploy. Scatter them like seeds. Place them like stones. Make a circle, stand inside, point outside.
Nicole Baute


I'd Never Even Heard of "Diversity"
The whole point of global evangelization was to quash diversity, eliminate difference, and convert the world to sameness. My own fundamentalism took a mighty wallop during my senior year in high school. There, in quick succession, I read Siddhartha, The Bhagavad Gita, The Upanishads, and Eldridge Cleaver's Soul On Ice, just published. That's when I got my notion to become pro-human. Ever since, it's been nothing but giddy-up for me. Giddy-up and catch up.
James VanOosting


These Boots (One of These Days)
Early on as we struggled on two Teaching Assistant salaries, my wife asked that I try a new kind of underwear. Twenty-seven when we married, I didn't consider my classic briefs much. Munsingwear, Fruit of the Loom? What did it matter to me?
Terry Barr


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