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  April 2015
volume 12 number 1
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  Adeolu Emmanuel Adesanya
  Lynn Albanese
  Steven Alvarez
  Jonathan Beale
  Stefanie Bennett
  Jack G. Bowman
  Jennifer Bradpiece
  Don Kingfisher Campbell
  Michael Aaron Casares
  Beverly M. Collins
  William Crawford
  Pijush Kanti Deb
  Elisabeth Adwin Edwards
  John Elison
  Emily Fernandez
  Jeanie Greensfelder
  John Grey
  David Herrle
  Sonika Jaggi
  Strider Marcus Jones
  Phillip Larrea
  Emma Lee
  Marieta Maglas
  Matt McGee
  Christopher Mulrooney
  Dave Nordling
  Toti O'Brien
  Greg Patrick
  James G Piatt
  Frank Praeger
  April Salzano
  David Scriven
  LB Sedlacek
  Danielle Smith
  Jan Steckel
  Carl Stillwell
  Tim Tipton
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David Herrle
April 2015



photo by jerry hicks

    David Herrle is a freelance writer/editor from Pittsburgh. He is founder of SubtleTea and Bookolage, as well as author of Abyssinia, Jill Rush and Sharon Tate and the Daughters of Joy.



Stalins of Body and Soul

There is reason in faith and faith in reason.
They are not poles or foes, but cousins.
Too much drift from their common ground
breeds monstrosities, Stalins of body and soul.
The body has a soul and the soul has a body.
We are at once prodigy and worm.
We are wonderful chaos and lazy order,
too finite for divinity and too eternal to die.
I love and respect us so much.
I don't trust us; I'm disgusted.
I peek through my fingers,
turned on and horrified.
Our Mt. Rushmores and arias,
our Louvres, our wars and rapes.
City skylines, the lightface of a child,
the grave, the hungry grave.

copyright 2015 David Herrle