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Burger Revolution

Since its grand opening in Nepal, everyone has been raving about McRonald’s. You see, we’re such a poor country even McDonald’s hasn’t sniffed us out. Thirty-eight thousand locations in over hundred countries, and who’s ignored? Kathmandu, Nepal...

Revolutionary Letter to Diane di Prima

“not killing all the white men, but killing the white man in each of us. . . .” —D. d. P., “Revolutionary Letter #32”   Even now there is the desire, but what to do after Jan. 6— the militias and the “boys,” their guns and zipties, crude noose...

Two Paintings by Alex Nodopaka

Tolstoy said that mankind could not exist without art; I know I can’t do without it. I walk empty parking lots and endless sidewalks and see ready-made abstract art just about every few steps. I’ve been known to trip on car bumpers when...

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Burger Revolution

Since its grand opening in Nepal, everyone has been raving about McRonald’s. You see, we’re such a poor country even McDonald’s hasn’t sniffed us out. Thirty-eight thousand locations in over hundred countries, and who’s ignored? Kathmandu, Nepal...

Revolutionary Letter to Diane di Prima

“not killing all the white men, but killing the white man in each of us. . . .” —D. d. P., “Revolutionary Letter #32”   Even now there is the desire, but what to do after Jan. 6— the militias and the “boys,” their guns and zipties, crude noose...

Two Paintings by Alex Nodopaka

Tolstoy said that mankind could not exist without art; I know I can’t do without it. I walk empty parking lots and endless sidewalks and see ready-made abstract art just about every few steps. I’ve been known to trip on car bumpers when...

Dendrochronology

When the knock sounds, she knows she’s not to open the door. Her father has warned about these woods and their inhabitants. The expedience with which the knock travels through the little house reminds her that she is alone in a box made of wood. She...

An Interview with Donald Quist

A resident assistant tries to break up a brawl between college athletes, but, as a young Black man, he doesn’t want to call the police for help. An eighth grader who is labelled “dangerous” sits in detention, trying to understand the mathematical...

Bounded Functions

(an excerpt from To Those Bounded) I’m sitting at a desk, alone in a classroom smaller than any other classroom in my middle school. Every half an hour a teacher or the school resource officer enters to make sure I’m doing the math work I need to...

The Black Girl At Your Party

circa 1970s My plaits and ribbons brightened white spaces for a long time Fat immigrant ribbons in every Color held my Thick Jamaican hair American black girls didn’t wear fat ribbons They had beads that made music when they walked. I wanted dancing...

Rubinstein’s Chopin

This inch-thick, square box was familiar from my childhood: the sturdy, waxy cardboard, its paper cover glued onto the top of the album set like a fifth-grader’s découpage. I used to open these boxes like gifts, lifting off the lid to reveal the...

Deadline

At Camp Sumter, the infamous Confederate prison commonly known as Andersonville, there was a line of wood posts 19 feet inside the walls that the prisoners were not allowed to cross. It was called the deadline. I defrost the bright green soup made...