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some pages from the book of Brussels  by CECILIA BORROMEO-AUSTIN

13 June 2008
Vol. 8, No. 2

Suppose the night tasted like sugar and the streetlamps chimed the hour, would Flemish and French slang still matter? I was a little in love with you. The man scouring the Sunday market for vintage postcards. The child wailing after a drifting balloon. You made me forget how to count. But we danced flawlessly, our shadows spreading on the Belgian cobbles where tiny grasses grow in between.

The Visitor  by RYO YAMAGUCHI

30 May 2008
Vol. 8, No. 1

I wake up, and you are already gone. Every morning it's like this: my eyes flick open, and this punches me into the day…


27 May 2008
Vol. 8, No. 1

Listen, friend, there is a proper way to hold the warehouse when its walls have been blown out like this, and it sits there, dumb in the field. Like so: imaginary sphere, bundle of noise. We are sitting; I'm wishing for a table to mark our spot in the hilly grass, and that's when we get the sudden feeling that we are to stand, that we are to do something, really do something, like torch our possessions and gather all the humanoid figures in the wood grain of the cabinets in Nancy's kitchen into a single line of sight, singing softly, little dirge as the day ends.

Apocrypha #9  by RICHARD FROUDE

25 April 2008
Vol. 8, No. 1

I would tell you this directly. I would assemble a presentation of Polaroids and morals, protract the particular angles of her refraction. Serve canapés and arias and make allusions to a definition rooted in shape: the deltoid, the ellipse.

Lacking an alphabet to appropriate this flexure (which is where she maunders): a fable whose protagonist is light, the outskirts of an oral tradition, these are anxieties indigenous to our region.

The Yellow Absence  by MELISSA KOOSMANN

5 April 2008
Vol. 8, No. 1