R  A  L  P H
  The Review of Arts, Literature, Philosophy and the Humanities

Number 116

Early Summer 2004

Like the Red Panda, and
The Photographs of Edmund Teske

Texas Post Office Murals
"That some of these murals
created controversy is not so unusual.
What is strange and wondrous is that
so many got mounted
despite the possible controversy."

Women with Big Eyes
"Aunt Inés is unhinged,
blames it on the moon.
Aunt Mónica wants
not to be herself.
Aunt Clemencia makes love with her boyfriend
in the pantry, ends up with oregano
in her hair."

The Best of Ed Zern
"He goes to
Mont St. Michel, calls it
an island with a chapel on it
surrounded by water too shallow
for good fishing."

Great Reviews of the Past
The Nairobi Trio
"In 1989, he slashed himself,
hung himself, and took pills
all at the same time.
I'd attribute [it] to boredom...
Balancing the checkbook.
Making the bed. Cleaning the tub.
Walking to the bus stop.
Racing the bus.
Walking home from the bus stop."

Growing Up with a Disability in America,
Where the Sky Began:
Land of the Tallgrass Prairie, and
You Remind Me of Me

Fleur Jaeggy,
University Presses, and

Brilliant Intervals of
Horrible Sanity

There Wasn't Any Tooth Fairy in Cuba
Part I

"She didn't know it at the time,
but this would have a terrible effect on my teeth,
turning them yellowish green.
It was my name and my teeth
which gave me the most trouble
during my adolescence."

Part II

"I'm a sick man ... a mean man.
There's nothing attractive about me.
I think there's something wrong with
my ... teeth."

The Angel of Death
Part I

"'Where's your gun?'
Ellerbee asked the man at the counter.
'Oh gee,' the man said, 'I almost forgot.
You got so many things to think about
during a stickup --- the traffic flow,
the timing, who stands where ---
you sometimes forget the basics.'"

Part II
"Somehow he had left his body.
He could see it lying next to Kroll's.
'I'm dead? But if I'm dead ---
you mean there's really an afterlife?'
'Oh boy,' the angel of death said."

How to Kick a Duck
"'I presume you want a low-flying duck?'
'I don't give a hoot how it flies,' I said.
'I'm going to kick it on the ground.'
'A true sportsman,' mused Duncan'"

The Happy Genius
"If I in my north room
dance naked, grotesquely
before my mirror
Who shall say I am not
the happy genius of my household?"

A Winter Sunday
"Sundays too my father got up early
and put his clothes on in the blueblack cold,
then with cracked hands that ached
from labor in the weekday weather made
banked fires blaze. No one ever thanked him."


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