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​Comfort Food

From the March 2017 Print Edition

Lentils and barley,water and salt,split peas and pasta—pure to a fault—stir until clouded,season to taste,boil and then simmer,nothing to waste.Greens can be added.Time’s on a loop.Towers have toppledinto the soup.Cauldron of comfortserved with warm hands,this is a recipecrisis demands. . . . . Continue Reading »

One Small Step

From the June/July 2013 Print Edition

i.m. Neil Armstrong “That’s one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind” —Neil Armstrong, 1969 “Software finds missing ‘a’ in Armstrong’s moon quote” —Associated Press, Oct. 2, 2006 Since Peter Ford has clarified the sound once uttered on the moon but dropped in . . . . Continue Reading »


From the December 2011 Print Edition

If no one on the ground or ocean was injured when he turned to a noun what was the loss? His wings were waxen. He should have known the risk but wanted always to be a verb: pure motion, wind on his chest as none could have known, distance and gravity forsaken. Simply to be a verb he mounted higher . . . . Continue Reading »