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Issue # 3 January 2011
"... brevity is the soul of wit ..."
- William Shakespeare

Mark Jackley



When I use the word
I'm not thinking of the way
you discreetly daub your rose-petal lips
with a linen napkin
in your slender fingers
but how the watermelon,
resembling a misshapen
planet fallen from
the heavens meets the knife,
splits into a dozen
grins and spills its seeds
like black stars.