Unlikely 2.0


   It is not the clear-sighted who lead the world; great achievements are carried out in a warm, blessed mental fog. —Joseph Conrad


Editors' Notes

Maria Damon and Michelle Greenblatt
Jim Leftwich and Michelle Greenblatt
Sheila E. Murphy and Michelle Greenblatt

A Visual Conversation on Michelle Greenblatt's ASHES AND SEEDS with Stephen Harrison, Monika Mori | MOO, Jonathan Penton and Michelle Greenblatt

Letters for Michelle: with work by Jukka-Pekka Kervinen, Jeffrey Side, Larry Goodell, mark hartenbach, Charles J. Butler, Alexandria Bryan and Brian Kovich

Visual Poetry by Reed Altemus
Poetry by Glen Armstrong
Poetry by Lana Bella
A Eulogic Poem by John M. Bennett
Elegic Poetry by John M. Bennett
Poetry by Wendy Taylor Carlisle
A Eulogy by Vincent A. Cellucci
Poetry by Vincent A. Cellucci
Poetry by Joel Chace
A Spoken Word Poem and Visual Art by K.R. Copeland
A Eulogy by Alan Fyfe
Poetry by Win Harms
Poetry by Carolyn Hembree
Poetry by Cindy Hochman
A Eulogy by Steffen Horstmann
A Eulogic Poem by Dylan Krieger
An Elegic Poem by Dylan Krieger
Visual Art by Donna Kuhn
Poetry by Louise Landes Levi
Poetry by Jim Lineberger
Poetry by Dennis Mahagin
Poetry by Peter Marra
A Eulogy by Frankie Metro
A Song by Alexis Moon and Jonathan Penton
Poetry by Jay Passer
A Eulogy by Jonathan Penton
Visual Poetry by Anne Elezabeth Pluto and Bryson Dean-Gauthier
Visual Art by Marthe Reed
A Eulogy by Gabriel Ricard
Poetry by Alison Ross
A Short Movie by Bernd Sauermann
Poetry by Christopher Shipman
A Spoken Word Poem by Larissa Shmailo
A Eulogic Poem by Jay Sizemore
Elegic Poetry by Jay Sizemore
Poetry by Felino A. Soriano
Visual Art by Jamie Stoneman
Poetry by Ray Succre
Poetry by Yuriy Tarnawsky
A Song by Marc Vincenz


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Two Poems by Elizabeth P. Glixman


"After September 11th, we simply cannot afford to ignore the risks from attack scenarios involving LNG tankers or facilities that previously might have seemed unrealistic," said Rep. Lynch. "To that end, we must be far more cautious and deliberate before constructing any new LNG terminals in the United States. In Everett, Massachusetts, we have an onshore LNG facility that poses a potential risk to thousands of families because of its proximity to the City of Boston. In the future, I believe that our energy and security needs would be best served by building offshore terminals to keep tankers and infrastructure farther away from population centers."

The New Prophets Say Beware

One day tells its story to the next.
Some days the mix is azaleas
in bloom brilliant and wise.
Other days the mix is overlapping rot
mixing like sewage in the ocean.
There is a possibility of a circle
of gas and flames in today’s tale,
Flames that could be,
High as the moon on a night
when the moon is round and overbearing.
If the terrorists find a way into town
There is a possibility of unseen vapors infiltrating.
What can citizens do about a liquefied natural gas terminal in Fall River?
Liquefied natural gas
In Fall River Mass------
The unseen circle of fumes.

Representative McGovern said,

"The LNG language was tacked on to a huge bill, without any hearing, debate or vote. That language should not be construed as congressional intent."

The ocean is full of red tide
Dead shellfish. Summer is here and soon
A film about the possible Fall River explosion will appear in theaters.
It is a pre-seen nightmare,
The radon and flame vapors circle around the old factories
Buildings consumed by waves of management indifference.
Rep. Lynch among the new Paul Reveres
Riders of the horse amicus briefs to protect
The lives Washington has forgotten knows----
Since 911 fuel near populated areas is not wise,

Life is hanging on the scales
Fall River.
Fallen river will the leaves turn black and crumble?
Will birds no longer fly?


The prophets among us the elected officials are of two kinds,
Cherrios with milk and without.
The dry ones know liquification can be harmful, get you drunk
Makes you eat too much,
Makes you smug that the power of
heart health is yours.
The dry ones are citizens of the world
Who know the value of humble whole grains.
From the state of Mass the sober ones
Where the striped tabby is the state lion,
And Paul Revere went that night riding in the dark to arouse liberty.
The New prophets say
The LNG tankers are coming. The LNG tankers are coming.

Beware


Quotes are taken from the website of the United States House of Representatives.




I Asked God to Send the Rain

I am nine years old,
I ask Allah to send the rain.
The children of my village leave wheat and
Vegetables in the cemetery for dogs, cats,
Goats who are alone, who are haunted  by desolation.
Animals pray for rain only
When their bellies are full.
The rain did not come this spring.
Allah sent a goat to comfort me.

The American soldier says Billy
Is a good lawnmower.
We watch him chew the grass near the soldier’s tent,
Give it a haircut. Make it bald.
I am proud of my Billy Goat.
The soldier pats him on his coarse fur.
Billy leans toward them like he is wind
Wanting a scratch .He gives him
Twenty scratches and a rub
He says Billy is a vacuum cleaner
And a garbage disposal.
At night he sleeps at the foot of my bed.
Chewing grass that is all I know.

My three year old has an imaginary friend  like Billy,
said the soldier who wears a gun.
I tell the soldiers my goat is real. I have proof.
And what is that? said the solider
I call Billy with his spotted fur and long nose.
I tell Billy to chase the soldier
He does.
He is a warrior. Like me.

Does he talk? said the soldier
He can read.
And what does he read? asked the soldier.
He reads these words in my 
opened fists,

Children will go back to school
Women will buy clean burquas
The rain will come.
American Soldiers will go home to daughters
And never feel our blood or our dust on their
Tongues again.


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Elizabeth P. GlixmanElizabeth P. Glixman’s fiction, creative non-fiction, and poetry have appeared in Frigg, In Posse Review, Cezanne's Carrot, The Pedestal Magazine, Wicked Alice, 3 A.M. Magazine, November Third Club, Pig Iron Malt, Tough Times Companion, a publication of The Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, and Amazon Shorts (see http://www.amazon.com/A-Thousand-Drawings-of-Edgar/dp/B000OV16WG). Her first poetry chapbook "A White Girl Lynching" was published by Pudding House Publications.

Elizabeth is the Interviews Editor for Eclectica. Visit her writing blog and her blog to promote the rescue and adoption of shelter animals.