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V2:E8 AUGUST 2000
Stirring : A Literary Collection
"Self Portrait" by
PROSE
Tom Bradley
The Breaded Side of the Mandarin

One side of his head is wedged, not unhappily, smack into the gravid belly of a second-generation hibakusha, who, like the other passengers, is on her way to the labs on top of Hijiyama to be prodded and skewered, solely for the selfless sake of increasing mankind's store of knowledge. No healing is done up there.

Norman Lock
Nervousness

I had omitted Tangier. It is a serious and unthinkable and even grievous omission, they said, one after another coming to my tent at sunset and later when the moon rose, beaten into a bronze parenthesis. Its light sat warily in my spoon.

David O'Flaherty
Weirdness in the Kitchen, 1843

That tongue could tear the heart out of a man, make him cry. It could! When Mr. Parsival had given Freedom his name-he did with all his new people-he'd laughed and laughed, said it was funny. Thomasjefferson didn't know why.

Richard Payette
The Case of a Butterfly

On her wall is the strangest thing. It's a wooden case with a photograph in it. There are other things in there too, like a miniature parachute, a bill from a flying club, and a label from a bottle of champagne. The picture is of farmers' fields from fifteen hundred feet up. The case has even got a name, "First Jump".

POETRY
Kenneth Ashworth
Evidence of a Near Life Experience

Jessica Bush
For our dead cat . . .

Alan DeNiro
Territory

Joseph Lisowski
Treatment

MJM
Conceding to Catholicism

Mary Beth Magin
after love came

Renee L. Marshall
Corn-Fed

Carol Ann McCormick
Witness

Aongus Murtagh
Summer

Anne Pepper
Halflife of Smoke

Silvia Antonia Brandon Pérez
Slow Tango

Alex Stolis
Breaking the Day

Scott Whitaker
Disembodied