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> February 2009
Featured Poet:A.D. Winans
Other New Poetry By:
, Paula Ray
, Connie Stadler
, Missy Bickel
, David Mark Speer
, Matthew Anish
The Reason For Living by Joseph Grant
As he lay dying in the East Tremont Section of the Bronx, the bullet wounds he had
sustained to the throat and abdomen throbbed with each new pulse and spilled vital
blood from his heart to the freezing sidewalk beneath him.
Miguel Sanchez gasped for help on the northeast corner of Garden Street. Getting help
at 4:22 on a icy Saturday morning was futile, only Sanchez was too naïve to know any
better. The streets were empty.
Other New Stories
Cornbread and Milk by Toni Scales
Last Waltz by Kevin Michaels
Rip City by T.R. Healy
The Carousel by Toni Scales
A Strange Enough Ending by Joseph Grant
Dreamlike Mechanism by Matthew Anish
Notes From The Edge
The Case For Free Markets…
Let’s be completely honest with ourselves for a moment shall we. Forget about which administrations you have
supported over the last 100 years and ask yourself one question; “Are governments efficient with our money,
in their management of our resources?” I firmly believe that the majority of Americans would answer that
question with a resounding “NO”. Why then do most politicians, specifically Democrats, believe that they are
the ones to solve all our problems as long as we allow them to spend more of our money? Nowhere is this more
relevant then the current battle to pass an economic stimulus bill.
Dr. D Speaks
A Pardon For Ferrell
As the days of the oh-so-endlessly-long Bush presidency dwindle, a lot of attention goes to the
pardons that he grants on his way out the door. I can think of no one more worthy of a pardon than
Dr. Robert Ferrell of Pittsburgh. To understand Ferrell’s case, it is necessary to look first at the
more publicized case of Steve Kurtz, of Buffalo. It took four years of endless harassment, but Steve
Kurtz is finally free of criminal charges. The most recent news on Kurtz’s case is that the Department
of Justice has let deadlines lapse on appealing the last judicial rulings to drop all charges against
him. This is only just. It would have been more just if Professor Kurtz had simply been left alone.
Poetry Book Reviews
The Wind Twirls Everything by Francine Witte
Review By Charles Ries
Francine Witte’s book of flash fiction/prose poems gives us two wonderful things.
The first is her nimble and effortless use of story, form, and technique. This
collection of 25 short form vignettes shows us how quickly a skilled writer can
create place, character, conflict, and move a story to a stratifying conclusion.
Witte who is also a poet and a playwright applies these two forms into interesting,
fast moving short stories. Her technique is effortless and invisible, but central to
making these stories move forward.
Deconstructing the Orthodox: C. P. Aboobacker in Conversation
By Dr. Nilanshu Kumar Agarwal
C .P. Aboobacker began writing poetry from early childhood. A man of leftist leanings, Aboobacker
has so far published twenty three books of which five are collections of poems, two are collections
of essays and one a translation of Joop Bersee's poems. The crown of his poetic achievement is The
Old Earth, a collection of his English poems, edited by Joneve Mc Cormick (Chief Editor of Soul To
Soul) and published by Monsoon Editions in 2008. A member of the associations like Calicut University
Syndicate and Progressive Writers’ And Artists’ Organization, Aboobacker was selected as the best poet
of the week four times by Poetry Super Highway.com. His best poetry is, to borrow an expression from
the great Victorian poet and critic Matthew Arnold, “the criticism of life”.