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fall/winter 2004 ē 2005

  

 
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   poetry

     Patient |  gretchen primack
     Panama |  george wallace
     
Drawing on the Right Side
         of the Brain
|  irene pťrez
     Resistentially Yours
|  calla jones
     I Said Coffee |  sharmagne leland-st.john
     


   stories

 
 Arctic Refuge |  e.m. salle
  
White Fur
|  adrian flange
  
 A General Theory of Relativity
                  
|  jannie wolff
 

 

 

essays

   Nature Lover |  john wymore
   Pulling Away (After Sex) |  marnia robinson
   The Science of Oppositionality
 
                                    
|  wyatt ehrenfel
                                             

 

reviews

  What Wild Kingdom Never Told You: On 
  Evolution's Rainbow
|  george williamson
 

art

   Botanica Fantasia |  jill parisi
   Instant Evolution
|  howard bloom

 

 

 

contents/no. 4
 

 

poetry

 

 

Patient

gretchen primack

  

Back then the world was full
of possibility,
but not the good kind.
Lilies held malaria
in their stalks.
Down there at my feet
stuck all those silly toes
and slow hairs.

So they locked me up
but when I got out, the hairs
still stuck there, patient
as this page.

The noon pond made us

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Panama

george wallace

 


 

 

i quit the lyceum i took a stoker's job
i was your glaring jungle bird
because of your patriotism i meant nothing
i was south american
i was an undocumented alien
i was looking good and my small fists
were crates of bananas

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Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain

irene pťrez

 

                                  
                                               oil on paper, 2004            elizabeth insogna  

 
 
 
On the first day of class, I introduce myself:
my name is Irene, Iím from Puerto Rico and
I live in Jersey City.
 
Spanish is my first language
when Iím among English speakers.
English is my polished language
 
when Iím among Spanish speakers.
But I donít say all that.
Why am I here?
 
I am here because I want to
awaken the right side of my brain.
The left one wonít let me live 
 
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Resistentially Yours

calla jones

 

These are the objects that link us
because words no longer do
not memory either
not even email.


We need these things (list to come)
because our smart selves know
better. Our dumb parts
are smart though, leaving

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I Said Coffee

sharmagne leland-st. john


 

 

I said coffee,
I didn't say,
"Would you
like to cup
my warm
soft breasts
in your
un-calloused,
long,
tapered,
ring less fingered
hands?"

I said coffee,
I didn't say,
"would you
like to
run your tongu
e

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stories

 

 

 

Arctic Refuge

e.m. salle

 

Self-deceptionís in our nature because itís useful to mother nature.

 

 

 He was a beautiful neuroscientist, Adrian was. That sounds like nothing. It sounds like fiction. But itís not; itís not nothing. It is quite something to be brilliant about the brain and also to have that brilliance reflected in the arrangement of the parts where we take information in for it, where we take inspiration; where we express and nourish it. And though it is a rare thing when a beautiful mind and face are found together, what was more striking about Adrian was that this beauty-state didnít seem to match the half-alive feeling he felt most of the time. (Beautiful and brilliant and blah

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White Fur

adrian flange

 

My sex-brain knows from real experience of fucking real women that it can let me talk, act, gesture, talk more, make shit up, charm her circuits, work the seduction. And if I do my job for it, it will give me the keys to the only true heaven on earth: a woman will use her judgment to betray her judgment. She will let herself be carried off to the alien planet of Sex with a New Man.

 


 

1.


"So what's with the polar bear fetish?'' Ellen asks, after reading my first pathetic attempt at an erotic story. Her laptop screen cast a faint white glow on her breasts, like milk.

I can't meet her big black eyes, so I look up and to the left, making up right-brained shit, like I do.

I go: "I don't know. Polar bears. They're soft but massive. Soft white fur, sharp black claws. I remember the rearing-up stuffed one in the Natural History

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A General Theory of Relativity

jannie wolff

 

"Choose life,Ē Karl said, and kissed me on both cheeks in the German way.
 He looked into my eyes to make sure I understood him and said it again, ďChoose life.Ē

 

We had to go see Larry first. I got directions at 11 am when I was still drunk and starting in on the bourbon I'd left on the table the night before. Just over the Manhattan Bridge, "Thoity-thoid and thoid," Karl said as we pulled the U-haul out of the rental parking lot. He was trying to be funny,
but
I hurt too much to laugh.

We were going to IKEA. That should tell you something. In this world, people either like Ikea or donít. Iím in the donít group. Nothing personal, I just donít like shopping areas in general. Seems sort of unnatural and yet innate ó a walled-in version of

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essays

 

 

Pulling Away (After Sex)

marnia robinson

 

Unlike all other mammals, we have the potential for on-going, dopamine-driven sexual desire.
Yet we, too, self-regulate. An "off switch" kicks in after too much passion.

 

Dopamine. It's at the core of our sexual drives and survival needs, and it motivates us to do just about everything. This mechanism within the reward center of the primitive brain has been around for millions of years and has not

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Nature Lover

john wymore

 

Females want the best they can get; males want the most they can get.
That's about as succinct a statement of what we resent in one another that I can think of.

 

When I was a nature lover I desperately wanted to talk to animals. I wore my heart on my sleeve. I read poetry by Wordsworth and Rumi. I hugged trees. I thought birds sang love songs. I drew moral lessons from the life cycle of a butterfly. I believed in magic ó

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 The Science of Oppositionality

wyatt ehrenfels

 

The true soul mate often crashes the party that is our life, striking us as quite exotic, and may even complicate things for us. 

 

 

CNN.com reported on an article in the July, 2003 issue of The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences claiming scientific evidence for the proposition that 'opposites do not attract.' I do not know who's to blame here for the sensational marquee-style conclusion "Opposites Do Not Attract": CNN.com or the university where the research was conducted  ó  Cornell. I do understand that CNN likes a good (terse) headline, but I am also familiar with the crassness with which psychological researchers seek to dismiss or debunk what they dub

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  melted crayon on paper, 2004                      meganjz

 


 

reviews
 

 

 

 What Wild Kingdom Never Told You

george williamson

 

 

 

 

Evolution's Rainbow is the first work for a popular audience by the distinguished Stanford biologist, Joan Roughgarden, and as such, perhaps marks an auspicious beginning. The book reads well, and does an enviable job of covering technical material with facility and grace, not to mention humor. But it has a personal edge as well: it is devoted to redressing our cultural failure to do justice to the diversity of sexual and gender expression in both the natural and human worlds, and Roughgarden happens to be a male-to-female transsexual. Her personal interest and insight are pervasive, but polemics are strictly kept to a minimum. Evolution's Rainbow offers a serious critical perspective on various theories that tend to minimize, exclude or pathologize sex and gender


             
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art

 

 


Botanica Fantasia

jill parisi


 

 

photo: sophie andrews                                                                                                                 ink on paper, 2004
 

 

 


                                           

 

 

"By focusing on the minute details of botanical species and extracting and manipulating these fragments, the work speaks of the common threads shared between the microscopic world and the universe, and a fascination for subtle components which are often overlooked."

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Instant Evolution

howard bloom


 


color photo 1998                                                                           howard bloom

 

"Four thousand years before the rise of the Sumerian cities of Ur, Uruk, and Kish, Stone Age metropolises from Anatolia to the edges of India were already rich in challenges and opportunities. These urban traps and niches may well have been selectors forming much of what we are today. Homo urbanis has not only arrived, he has long since elbowed Homo tribalis far off to the side."

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editors' musings

 

 

alice andrews   |   editor/publisher

 


                                           

 

An Evolutionary Mind
Playing with Myself: On Trine Erotic
Meta Review: Reactions to a Review of The Blank Slate
The Semiotics of Shoe Shapes
Being Brave: In Defense of Naturalism and Essentialism
Meta Study: Reactions to a Study on Female Sexuality
Unstandardized Minds
Attention: On Love
 


 

 


 

phillip levine   |   poetry editor

 


                                           




 

 

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