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What’s in this issue: 

Lineup: July-August/V15N4

Stephen Poleskie/Then & Now
James Palombo/Primary for the Primaries
Fabia Wong/In search of…
Henry Giroux/An Age of Jackals

Fred Roberts/Spirit of Fela Kuti

Christopher Panzner/The Illustrated “On the Road”
Nick deAngelis/Artist
Comix: Deisboeck’s World

Duane Michals/A Conversation
Jean-Paul Gavard Perret: 3 from France
Brittany Markert/Revisited
Lucien Clergue/Legacy: An Exhibition

Bruce McRae
Rustin Larson
Eric Fulgione
Andrew Higgins
Lisa Dougherty
The Music of the Aztecs/Anthology Review
We Became Summer/Poetry Review

Brian Kasymaliev-Kelly/A Room in the World
Gina Willner-Pardo/A Grand Adventure
Marlene Olin/The Reunion

Creative Nonfiction:
Lisa Werhan/Entwined


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Editor’s Note

50 years after Stonewall, 50 years after Woodstock… what a century it was, and what a worthwhile 50th anniversary of those events to celebrate and remember. Both steps toward freedom and independence America espoused, but did not always exemplify, especially with regard to persons of color, religion and origin.  To wit, Native Americans themselves, overrun by European invaders much as Europeans themselves were largely overrun in the 14th and 15th centuries by Norse invaders from the North, and Huns from the East. Now, as always, the world needs a beacon to lead it away from nepotism, absolutism, tyranny and autocratic management wherein leaders put themselves above the people and the law.

While the American President pisses on our partners while playing up to predatory playmates, millions of people around the world are celebrating PRIDE in who they are and what’s been done in the past half century to give them the confidence to express the same. While the concept of Acceptance grows in this part of the world, Rejection and Suppression remain embedded in other parts, including on the same plane where the President chose to set down his foot – a despotic nation whose leaders have a demonstrated commitment to iron rule behind closed doors where said freedoms do not exist, and the expression of which almost certainly guarantee imprisonment or death. Perhaps it’s that kind of rule to which the President aspires, where what he says goes, no matter. Happy Independence Day.

So, for our part, it’s on with the show… We’ve got another great issue for you, from an interview with photographer Duane Michals, to Christopher Panzner’s “Illustrated On the Road,” to thoughtful columns by Fabia Wong on the course of history as seen through Notre Dame; the vagaries of war and peace by Stephen Poleskie; and commentary on the concentration of power in the hands of capitalist elite by Henry Giroux. Jim Palombo returns with a revised “Primer for the Primaries,” that provides references to help voters understand political terms and influences when they go to the polls.

We revisit Brittany Markert as she documents changes in her life thru her photographic work; and, we offer an overview of a current show at Throckmorton Fine Art in New York of the work of French photographer Lucien Clergue.

As always, you’ll find fiction, creative nonfiction and poetry from emerging and established writers and poets, along with book reviews, and more. Quicklinks to all are in CONTENTS.

As of this writing, we are discontinuing our daily arts news feed through Paper.li, and are dropping Submittable in favor of direct submissions to the , or to the various section editors. Each of the apps we use has a cost, and while we intend to remain free online for as long as possible, trimming the tree is occasionally necessary. We know you’ve got a million ways to spend your time and money, and we’re glad to have you with us – especially if you’ve persevered this far in your reading; thanks in advance if you’re in a position to contribute to our zine.

Your comments and questions are welcome. We look forward to hearing from you, and to seeing you back here again with the next issue in September.

— Mike Foldes,
Founder/Executive Editor


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Deisboeck’s World

                              Tom Deisboeck is a scientist turned entrepreneur who attended Technical University Medical School in Munich, Germany, and The Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s...

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Baseball Fans Need to be Civil

Baseball Fans' Behavior Strikes Out The following short essay was written several years ago... but bears a lesson worth repeating.  he Yankees’ loss Wednesday night to the Boston Red Sox was humiliating, but...

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Songs for Ingrid

    Songs for Ingrid   Selected by Fred Roberts Music Editor     Category: Don't tell Ingrids to smile Song Title: Ingrid Won't Smile Artist: Milk White White Teeth Year: 2010 Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_DgpsLumrms   Category: Ingrid meets...

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Lucinda Watson/Poetry

MURMURATION “A rare gathering of starlings that looks like dancing clouds” passed over my head this morning like a shiver in a graveyard. Murmuration The sky darkened, my dogs slowed their pace, and I still struggled to hold up the dike against the flood of winter. My...

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Joe Weil/Poetry

  The flowers offend me because they are filthy-- their roots scraggly with dirt And the sky offends me because it is bigger than I and how  dare that sky dwarf me? And you offend me because... well just because. I think you like flowers I think you like the sky. You...

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Shane Carreon/Poetry

Kinilaw  One of these days I am going to ask my father how to make kinilaw, raw anchovies or tuna steeped in vinegar and coconut milk, the pieces eaten by hand from a communal bowl and eaten only with people you trust. Each anchovy held by its head, deftly deboned by...

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Dave Roskos/Poetry

GATEKEEPERS If I say “Lock out the gatekeepers!” does it make me a gatekeeper? Some gates slam shut so fast they can sever a limb Other gates more lackadaisical, hinged on whims Saint Peter, the ultimate gatekeeper! (Heaven must be quite a club) Robert Frost said...

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Larissa Shmailo

    Sly Bang / hybrid fiction by Larissa Shmailo You knew this is what the world really looked like all along.   A review by RW Spryszak ISBN-13: 978-1947980983 Spuyten Duyvil – New York 2018 198 pages [dropcap style="font-size: 46px;...

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How higher education in the era of Trump has been weaponized — and how it can be redeemed

onald Trump’s ascendancy in American politics has made visible a plague of deep seated civic illiteracy, a corrupt political system, and a contempt for reason that has been decades in the making. It also points to the withering of civic attachments, the undoing of civic culture, the decline of public life, and the erosion of any sense of…

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Songs for Alexandra

Songs for Alexandra   Selected by Fred Roberts Music Editor   Category: Autobiographical songs Song Title: Alexandra Artist: Allie X Year: 2016 Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s4pEWMx3YQ4   Category: Russian film music Song Title: Александра Artist: Sergey...

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Galanty Miller/Re-Tweets

  Photo by Clark Tibbs on Unsplash   by Galanty Miller Columnist I truly believe that Internet pornography is ruining society… but improving the Internet./ At least my son died doing what he loved. (He loved dying.)/ First day of school?!?! Then where the...

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Prelude to Cuba and Dallas

President Kennedy was coming to Bogue Field? Standing with the other lower level NCOs on our half-hour trip to Bogue, one hand on a metal pole screwed fast to ceiling and deck, I swayed with the bouncy rhythm of our cattle car and tried to maintain my balance. The North Carolina countryside zoomed past outside like a movie on fast forward, and the open windows and doors sucked hot air inside. The roar in my ears…

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Martino Marangoni/Photography

Rebuilding / My Days in New York 1959-2018 by Martino Marangoni Publisher: The Eriskay Connection (December 18, 2018) Language: English ISBN-10: 9492051346 ISBN-13: 978-9492051349 Paperback: 240 pages Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.6 x 10.9 inches € 40.00 € 45.00/Signed...

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Claudia Serea & Maria Haro/TWOXISM

      TWOXISM poems and visual art     by Claudia Serea and Maria Haro 8th House Publishing (Montreal, Canada, 2018) 6” x 9”, paperback, 112 pages ($20.00) http://www.8thhousepublishing.com/8thHouseStore/poetry/twoxism-by-claudia-serea-maria-haro.html...

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In Memoriam: Camilla Sohar

    Only if... A Poetry of Loss and Remembrance Poems by Paul Sohar   When Camilla passed away last spring at the age of 50 due to a medical accident, her family and many friends were shocked,...

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Young Poets of Oneonta

Prompts and New Voices n the autumn semester of 2018, in my creative writing course at SUNY Oneonta, my students endeavored to write “thematically linked” poems. We read Adele Kenny’s “A Lightness, A Thirst,...

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Evan Balkan/Travel

How do you make sense of a place? Perhaps years from now, I’ll remember little about Quito’s noise. I’ll probably forget that I didn’t sleep much. I’ll not be able to recall the perpetual tickle in my throat or the burn in my eyes. All that will fade away.

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The following lists include Contents from issues beginning with Volume 14, Number 5, September-October 2018. To find specific articles in older issues, use the search box. For issues older than 2010, go to http://old.ragazine.cc and use the search box. Lineup:...

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Michael T. Young/Poetry

     Dredging Gulls tow my gaze out beyond the breakwaters and jetties, to coast there among the glass towers. Wind whips the water in me into waves and spindrift. Along all my shores are hardnesses broken down into sand, fragments supposed to equal the history of me....

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Mark Walker/Creative Nonfiction

  My Life in the Land of the Eternal Spring: The Coffee Plantation   By Mark D. Walker Contributor hough I had lived and worked in Guatemala for seven years, it was a brief encounter with my young...

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Stéphane Vereecken \ Photographer Interview

Q: When did you first realize you had creative talents as a artist?

A: I started at a very young age to no longer take Fine Arts courses and I digested all those artists who are part of the history of the Fine Arts. When I realized that one medium was not enough for me and that I needed to experience them all, I realized that I needed to say things with my art…

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Ohio Jazz Shorts/Candice Watkins

  Melvin James “Sy” Oliver: Creator of the Lunceford Sound (1910–1988), & Zach Whyte   by Candice Watkins Contributing Writer ach Whyte attended Wilberforce College in the early 1920s, where he...

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William Crawford/Flash Fiction

  “It’s like a heat wave…”    A Kool, Kool Fool From The Rock ‘N Roll School Shares A Frigidaire Nightmare.   pulled into El Paso along about half past dead. The weathered wall thermometer hit...

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Sue Atkinson/Old Schools, Part 2

Populism nowadays is equated in popular media with bigotry and intolerance, but in the late 19th century, the populist movement represented rural residents’ desire to shape national policy that attended to the interests of producers as well as commercial interests. After losing the battle over monetary policy, the movement dwindled, the Democratic Party turned to corporate liberalism, and farmers’ interests were abandoned.

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Steve Dalachinsky/Poetry

the stone age   i’m lost - they’ve knocked me back to the stone age - this sick skin in a dream populated by science fiction literates - this terribly lonely dream populated by people into their own heads - gin drinkers & young girls sitting around 4 legged...

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Adele Kenny/Poetry

2 Poems by Adele Kenny   Past the Waterline (After Lake with Dead Trees by Thomas Cole) This could be any day, anywhere—either one of us could be the other, momentary deer where the water ends and the forest begins. Whatever hard things we’ve seen—what we’ve...

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Fiction/Leslie Brown

  WALKABOUT   by Leslie Brown In the summer of 1969 I told my mother II was going to sublet an apartment in the Cass Corridor. I’d always wanted to live near campus, and this was my last chance, my final quarter of graduate school at Wayne State University....

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Nancy Barno Reynolds/Education

ROSS FINDON PHOTO/ Unsplash   Those Who Can, Teach: Transitioning Through Education   by Nancy Barno Reynolds Education Editor tell people I’ve been teaching for 30 years and deep down, I feel that’s my...

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Teen Pregnancy: A Nurse’s Perspective

School officials are aware of, and knowledgeable about, requirements such as those delineated by Title IX.  These requirements promote inclusiveness and help prevent discrimination – and are intended to make it less likely that a pregnant teen will drop out of school.  Why then does the trend of drop-out teen mothers persist? Why, when we know that success in life is heavily predicated on educational attainment, do I continue to have conversations like the one above?

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Playlist for Donald Trump

  TAKE TEN Category: Cheerful world invasion videos Song Title: Гуманоид (Humanioid) Artist: ГрУпА СиТрО (Group Sitro) Year: 2007 Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jMkILFgEfVM Category: Songs to tango with Melania Song Title: Комарик (Mosquito) Artist: Пётр...

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Jim Palombo/Politics

Every so often the crap hits the fan. I mean it’s in the scope of my work to pay attention to and analyze a lot of what’s on our public discussion table. But with all that’s happening, with so many battle lines being drawn, there seems too much to contend with…

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Mark Levy/Casual Observer

How about this one? You can risk sudden or severe changes in mood or behavior, like feeling anxious, agitated, panicky, irritable, hostile, aggressive, impulsive, severely restless, hyperactive, overly excited, or even suicidal, in an effort to treat what ailment? Ironically, it’s depression, and Paxil and Wellbutrin are the medications. So if you are depressed, these medications can solve your problems by provoking suicide. Logical, I think, but extreme.

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Fred’s February Playlist

Frank Nagel photo Mary Ocher, with Felix Kubin, one of Fred's February picks....   TAKE TEN     Category: Forgotten Brazilian Guitarists Song Title: Amor de Argentina Artist: Américo Jacomino Year: 1928 Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J4weR4B4heQ...

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On Location/France

Andelu painter in Vallauris: When reality flies   by Jean-Paul Gavard-Perret Contributing Editor ith Andelu the space of the  the picture is decomposed as blown by a contagious  sphere of influence. The...

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Education/Nancy Barno Reynolds

Photo by Element5 Digital on Unsplash   Critical Literacy, Economic Growth, and the Standards Movement: Are We Speaking the Same Language?   by Nancy Barno Reynolds Education Editor he introduction of...

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Julie McCarthy/Education

Photo by Bill Wegener on Unsplash *** Uncertain Times for Diverse Learners   by Julie McCarthy couple of years ago at a New York State conference for teachers of speakers of other languages, we were...

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Monique Gagnon German/Poetry

  Yoga: Just Follow Instructions Yoga is the blocking of mental modifications so that the seer re-identifies with the Self.  – Sage Patanjali Inhale chest arms up, Don’t think about the phone call arms down exhale, bend forward into ragdoll, the tin plane you have to...

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Sue Atkinson: Old Schools, Part 1

Former Mt. Upton High School   Old Schools – Part 1 The Downsides of Consolidation  n a sunny late fall afternoon, I took a drive up New York State Route 8. Highway 8 originates in the Village of...

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Meredith Cottle/Poetry

Arrhythmic Morality perhaps I was the devil all along a crumbling and shameless little fool pleading to malicious cards of chance among the dying and their reverence that you should go, my benediction stands, as you have ceased to love or ever thrive, and I have...

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Belfast Snaps by Allen Forrest

***     About Allen Forrest: Cartoonist/Illustrator. Born in Canada and bred in the U.S., Allen Forrest has worked in many mediums: computer graphics, theater, digital music, film, video, drawing and painting. You can read more about him in About Us....

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Scott Thomas Outlar/Poetry

  Center of Your Silken Den Your couch was made of velvet. Supple to the touch. I didn’t notice as my defenses went soft. Waking up, I felt the marks left by your claws. Your teeth were sharp as needles. Subtle with their sting. I should have known the invitation...

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Politics/Jim Palombo

At the core of the situation lies a simple matter of fact. We do not have clarity when it comes to our own ideological frame; in essence, we cannot easily distinguish our capitalist and democratic selves.  In this context we have never seriously engaged our citizenry in developing a critical understanding of who we are in the mix of how capitalism’s inherent elements rub-up against the principles of democracy. After all, how much time have we spent exploring the cultural instincts that have developed in the most advanced capitalist system in the world?  In other words, how have the elements of materialism, aggression, competiveness, consumption/consumerism, individualism, survival of the fittest and the overall profit motive been examined in term of our everyday existence? Furthermore, how do these same elements play out against the ideals of fairness, equality, justice and liberty that we seem to also hold dear?  And can the deep-rooted issues we are facing — war and terrorism, racial and/or gender differences, class inequality, moral/ethical behavior, politically corruption, the ineptness of our institutions, health and welfare, and even our own individual shortcomings — be adequately confronted without a realistic assessment of our capitalist and democratic character?

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Henry A. Giroux/Commentary

    Gangster capitalism and nostalgic authoritarianism in Trump’s America   In one year, the Trump regime has wrought immense damage to democracy, culture and thought. But there’s new hope.   by Henry A. Giroux Contributing Editor Just one year into the...

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Greg Stewart – On Location/New York

Currently the circulation of Esopus is about 30,000, with readers in all 50 states and 23 countries. The very loyal base of subscribers is about 2,000. The consistent success of Esopus has been its ability to provide the readership with an eclectic mix of art, as well as the good publicity that has been following it since its early editions. It has been reviewed in The New York Times, along with many international publications which have spread it around the globe.

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Jim Palombo/Politics

“… we have an education system that seems most focused on verifying its own worth, making it ‘too busy’ to be concerned with developing ongoing, civic dialogue. (Especially in these turbulent political times, this should be a top priority, at least on par with developing technological skills.)”

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Pierre-Jean Amar / Photography Interview

My photography work recently published in L’Oeil de la Photographie is part of an older series, which I once created on the theme of “Sheet” (as in bed linens) and the body. Similar to many of my images, I show only details, not a whole body. In hindsight, I notice today that quite often I focused on the bottoms of my models!!!

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LOCAL HEROES, 2015, Hamburg

Axid Rain was my highlight of the 4th semi-final night. They call their genre flatrock, which I attempted to google but finally gave up. They’re a hard rock band, in the classic vein of MTV or Huey Lewis and the News, with a fantastic live show. Frontman Yannick Mense, in his leather hat and seaman’s jacket was all over the stage. Pure charisma and wild guitar riffs. All in all an electrifying performance.

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Entwined/Creative Nonfiction

Entwined is a creative nonfiction piece that pulls readers into an unexpected intersection between the narrator, an ambiguous stranger, and a girl. This unsettling meeting mirrors the author’s own troubled emotional state, as she struggles to separate the two to reveal the truth of the encounter.

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A Grand Adventure/Fiction

A Sunday on La Grande Jatte — Georges Seurat. Art Institute of Chicago *** A Grand Adventure   by Gina Willner-Pardo er elderly mother’s death left Laila Rayburn untethered, a condition she had never...

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Steve Poleskie/Then & Now

How many innocent civilians have been killed by our military drone strikes?  Many of these MQ-9 Reaper drones, on combat and surveillance missions over Afghanistan, are remotely piloted by members of the 174th Attack Wing based at Hancock Field, just a short drive up Route 81 in Syracuse, New York. How must it feel to go home to your wife and kids in Mattydale after just having destroyed, by mistaking them for a group of Taliban, a wedding party of innocent Afghan civilians?

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The Reunion/Marlene Olin

He packed a week before his flight, bringing twice the amount of clothes that he needed. A sport coat in case people were dressing up. Jeans in case people were dressing down. A sweater in case it was cold. A golf shirt in case it was warm. For the first time in his life, Calvin went to a fancy salon where they manicured his nails and shaved his beard. He felt buffed and polished, his engine in good working order, his chassis gleaming. He read and reread each of Miriam’s books. He felt ready to tackle the world.

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