selected past writing at 42opus


The Law of Hippocrates by  HIPPOCRATES

Medicine is of all the arts the most noble…

26 November 2005 | nonfiction, classic, translation, science writing


Down in the Cellar by HOLLY CHASE WILLIAMS

After a tour of Jim's house, from which all traces of his partner Colin were carefully removed, his father asked to see the wine cellar with its ancient vintages. It was rumored to be haunted.

2 December 2001 | fiction, flash fiction, horror


The Birdkeepers by STACEY DUFF

When Lisa falls to Anneke falling in Lisa

songs assimilate an auburn cup:

martins are privy to glass, to burn

further in the quivering arrow.

2 September 2003 | poetry


An Oracle Concerning the Melancholic Concubine by JILL ALEXANDER ESSBAUM

Sometimes you feel you've a touch of the broken heart,

when the orchid of evening wilts into nighttime,

when the darkness is not yet deep.

When you are tipsy with the grief of his leaving…

14 November 2006 | poetry, editors' select


Finger Paint Me by SHELLY REED

I am a purple fashion model painting

latex smoke and metaphor

my rhythm nude and smeared like

our wild silhouettes and black & white sex…

2 March 2002 | poetry

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