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Issue #26, Winter 2005
Are there any two more powerful words in the spoken language than "I apologize"? The following pages are rife with mea culpas, apologias, je regrettes, and, conversely, it is teaming with brazenly unapologetic behavior. Oscar Wilde once said, "To regret one's own experiences in to arrest one's own development. To deny one's own experiences is to put a lie into the lips of one's life. It is no less than a denial of the soul." In that vein, Harriet Rubin looks at one of the great confessional documents of the last hundred years, Wilde's De Profundis, while Stephen Elliott unabashedly describes his submissive relationship with a married woman. Poet Dean Young concedes that "A True Apology Takes Years." A point proven in first-time author Mel Carlson's moving story of a fellow navy man's breakdown in "Walking on Water." No need to read this issue furtively—read it out in plain view, proudly, for good writing means never having to say you're sorry.
Ken Kalfus, Donna Tartt, Robin Romm, William Gay, Robert Travieso, Tony D'Souza, Kevin Moffett, Scott Snyder
ZENO'S BOMB • They were still not divorced and they had lost hope of ever being divorced.
THE AMBUSH • 'See, my dad was trying to chase down this Vietnamese that shot his friend,' said Tim. 'And then the Vietnamese killed him too. I can acti it out for you if you want.'
NO SMALL FEAT • Kierny was probably at his studio writing more stories about my dead mother. For God's sake, Kierny, get your own death.
WHERE WILL YOU GO WHEN YOUR SKIN CANNOT CONTAIN YOU? • There was no precedent for this. The Jeepster was crying.
POOL • Let's not obsess about a few frogs bopping around in our midst. Let's continue with the previously scheduled fun.
DJAMILLA • 'That you are white is bad enough. But you are also hairy! Cover up! If you let Djamilla see how ugly you are, then she may not marry you.'
TATTOOIZM • Dixon is training to be a tattoo artist by practicing on his thighs covering them with flames, leaves, wings, cartoon characters.
WRECK • Once I saw a shard of glass come out of the corner of her eye, a tiny shard, no bigger than a snowflake. She calmly plucked it from beneath her lid.'
Dean Young, William Wenthe, Olena Kalytiak Davis, Aimee Nezhukumatathil, Hillary Yablon, Alex Lemon, Bill Knott, Maura Stanton, Daniel Tiffany, Christian Hawkey, Terese Svoboda
THE TRUE APOLOGY TAKES YEARS
THE MAN WHO CONFUSES SEX WITH LOVE
FRANCESCA CAN TOO STOP THINKING ABOUT SEX, REFLECT UPON HER POSITION IN POETRY, WRITE A REAL SONNET
FRANCESCA SAYS MORE
FRANCESCA SAYS TOO MUCH
'YES, WE HAVE NO BANANAS'
PRIDE AND PREJUDICE: THE GAME
NOVEMBER 3, 2004
Jenny Burman—Fiction, Mel Carlson—Fiction, Jessica Reed—Poetry
THE CATHERINE SCHOOL • Once I saw a shard of glass come out of the corner of her eye, a tiny shard, no bigger than a snowflake. She calmly plucked it from beneath her lid.
WALKING ON WATER • No soldier invites a lieutenant in the United States Army to jump overboard
Harriet Rubin, Stephen Elliott
'I OFTEN BETRAY MYSELF WITH A KISS' • Oscar Wilde's apologetic love letter, De Profundis
JUST ALWAYS BE GOOD • Welcome, pain
Lost & Found:
Rob Spillman, Ben George, Michelle Wildgen, Anne K. Yoder, Brenda Shaughnessy, CJ Evans, Jonathan Raymond, Emily Bliquez
ON ROGER SHATTUCK'S THE BANQUET YEARS
ON JOHN GRISHAM'S A TIME TO KILL
ON JEAN M. AUEL'S THE MAMMOTH HUNTERS
ON THE SECRET DIARY OF LAURA PALMER
ON LAURA INGALLS WILDER'S LITTLE HOUSE BOOKS
ON JUDY BLUME'S ARE YOU THERE GOD? IT'S ME, MARGARET
ON DAVID LEE ROTH'S CRAZY FROM THE HEAT
ON VINCENT BUGLIOSI'S HELTER SKELTER
FORK, PILLOW, AND PLUME: THE THREE PLEASURES OF CASANOVA • History's most insatiable lover and his other appetities
THE LAST GREAT DRINKERS • Even the detectives are cutting back