October 1, 1993

The Doctor

By Rafael Campo

Essential hypertension, uncontrolled,Is almost immortality. The pressure Of blood inside the arteries I measure With mercury, reflecting on the soul: Both liquid and a heavy metal, trapped And beautiful—a subtle […]

October 1, 1993

Confessions of a Metamorph

By Judith Moffett

I In Which the Author Recounts the Surprising Circumstances By Which, After Having Started Out As a Poet, She Became a Science-Fiction Writer in Mid-Life I arrived at the University of […]

October 1, 1993

Illness

By Rafael Campo

Imagine that the bed is not a bed And illness is a cave, the bags of blood Stalactites, the doctors eyeless fish—Imagine that an illness is a cave From which […]

October 1, 1993

Death Vision

By Pattiann Rogers

I think it’s a multiplication of sight, like after a low hovering autumn rain when the invisible webs of funnel weavers and sheetweb weavers all at once are seen where […]

October 1, 1993

Allegory

By Rafael Campo

Outside somewhere, beneath an atmosphere So pure and new each breath is musical And silent, mouth-watering without taste, So full of butterflies one can’t imagine Because it hurts to be […]

October 1, 1993

The Future

By Albert Goldbarth

When I was five or six–so this would be around 1954–we’d drive out to the airport on occasional weekend nights, for entertainment. It was cheap, that may have been its […]