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The room smells of fear, sweat and urine, and as the indio goes on, I scowl at his ruddy face and try to forget the guerilla in the Petén jungle who ruined my leg so long ago. He too was dirty, conniving and disloyal, and he too stared at me with dark, inscrutable eyes.

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The stranger finishes his Campari. “I should’ve expected this. Two cable series, at the same time, on that louse, Alexander VI.” He pauses. “I pre-dated that Borgia prick by thirty years. My family, the Riarios, put the kabash on Roderigo and Cesare.”

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The poems in Other Sacred give us many colorful pieces with a wide range of observations and wonderings. There’s a whole section on jazz and its makers. And throughout the book are the shadows and results of man’s interactions with nature.

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Amerikkka has built a system of status where standing together is impossible . The dominant caste of every confrontation , an ectopic thru/space between the right to stand and what is really police brutality

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The clash between the protesters and police. The police using pepper spray to keep them back, grabbing and zip-tying those refusing to move. The swarm of bikers turning off the road, some onto the side streets, others onto the bike lane that went back over the river to Brooklyn.

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So far, kissing was all mechanics and momentum, no communion. She thought there must be something wrong with her. She was like the Betsy McCall paper doll on the last page of her mother's monthly magazine.

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"Well, perhaps you can do your sermon on Job instead.  I've always found that to be such an intriguing story.  All the difficulties he faced, his tribulations, and his struggle to be patient and obedient.  Yes, I would love to hear you preach about Job."

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Along with being very funny, Cheches is very inventive and also writes with great economy. He has the skill of a magician, surprising and amusing the reader with his verbal sleight-of-hand and crisp wit.

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Except for rape or trickery
you choose your child’s other parent.
at the moment of conception.
This decision can be neither
​reversed nor erased.

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I don’t want to burn
in our everlasting sun
or drown in the endless
ocean of our truth I have
​traveled wide in the waves

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I went to the bedside and held Tamika. She was cancer-thin. I had to hold her gently because bones filled with cancer can break easily. She was crying and could not talk because of her gagging and gasping.

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