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Note from the Editor, Issue 10

It’s my privilege to introduce three new pieces this month. The first is “Heartbeat,” by Michael Verderber. It was my privilege to publish another one of his works last year. Like his earlier piece, this dramatic work focuses on that most-frequent counterfeit of romantic love: lust. Love is to lust as sacrifice is to demolition....

Heartbeat

DRAMATIS PERSONAE MILO – Narrator MASKED MILO– Chorus member who acts out narration, wears a mask BETH – innocent girl CHORUS – play various characters * (MILO and MASKED MILO enter the stage with MM directly behind him, dressed the same, but wearing a mask. As MILO begins to speak, MM steps behind him and...

To Richard Milhous Nixon, on his Birthday

When Thomas Cornell hacked and cleared land for a cabin, getting pine sap on his hands and wiping springs of sweat from his dusty brow, he didn’t know you would descend from him, didn’t know your face or if you’d be a crook or not, didn’t have any idea what choices you’d make in papers...

The Art of the Foley

On the front lawn of the hospice, a juvenile seagull picks at the remains of what appears to be a female blackbird. The gull plunges its beak into the breast of the corpse and, after a few moments of frenzied head-jerking, wrenches loose a sticky morsel. Raising its beak to the sky in celebration, it...