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No Man’s Island

From the November 2009 Print Edition

for JFK Jr. A strip of violet quivers in the haze— a near-mirage above the furrowed grays and blues of Vineyard Sound, an afterthought of windworn scrub the military bought and then abandoned. Peace returned except for sea retaking shoreline. Surf has swept away most tools of combat, but in dense . . . . Continue Reading »

An Apostle Falls

From the October 2008 Print Edition

Betrayal had fulfilled the prophecy. Too proud for penance and too weak to run, he strung himself up from a cedar tree and swayed for days beneath a scathing sun. Thieves cut his desiccated body free, then left it in the dust. Throughout that night, Jerusalem kept shuddering with light. . . . . Continue Reading »