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Tongue-Threaded Shuttle/Book Review

Homo digitalis moves to the modern implementation of 1s and zeros to explain the contemporary means of communication and understanding. “The electronic web that connects/computers, ussers,/sounds, images, texts,/in all languages and fields of knowledge/has been called the Aleph,/the point that contains all the places of the world/seen from all angles/without superposition or transparency,/the sphere without a circumference/whose center is everywhere.” A no more beautiful or fitting description of what we might find in an afterlife that unites us with the universe (unless we’re already there), as that center moves from one place to another while always remaining at the center.

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A Crack in the Sidewalk/Barbara Rosenthal

    *** Roles, Ideals and Job Descriptions: The Artist; The Viewer; The Naif; The Collector; The Curator; The Critic; The Art Dealer   by Barbara Rosenthal Contributing Columnist NYC, May 1, 2018 Try as I might continue to try, conclusions and boundaries elude me as I see in our contemporary artworld an exponentially growing trend toward assuming multiple roles. Time was ethos was, for example, no curators or critics in the same shows they curated or reviewed; no gallerist taken seriously when they said they were also an artist; no curator or critic too close to anyone in...

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The Second O of Sorrow/Review

  The Second O in Sorrow Format: Kindle Edition Size of the file: 552 KB Number of pages in the print edition: 104 pages Publisher: BOA Editions Ltd. (April 10, 2018) Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l. English language ASIN: B07BTDVZ84           The Second O in Sorrow is the One that Pulls Review by Emily Vogel Poetry Editor Sean Thomas Dougherty’s most recent collection of poems, “The Second O of Sorrow” (BOA Editions) succeeds most of all in elucidating beauty, even among what is ugly, even among what is disheartening and difficult for a reader to face.  In this, he finds moments of transcending what could be considered “ordinary” and rendering it “extraordinary.”  The manner in which the poems move assumes a sense of the transience of a day, and yet the turning over of a new one—in a sense each day is a new resurrection, as in the poem “We a New Ledger:” “I want to rewrite each day after it dies/so it may keep us breathing.” In this collection, both the speaker and his wife (whom many of the poems are about) endure the obstacles of both life and death. This is evident primarily in the allusions to the “hospital” as in his poem, “We Pay the Rent We Breathe:” “To say the word orange/is to say a kind of light/the light...

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Agents of Change: Disrupting School-to-Prison Pipeline

Prevention We know many of the risk factors that require early intervention, such as mental illness, chronic absenteeism, and abuse. Failure to address these factors early on increases the probability of incarceration later. We need to make sure the children with the greatest need get the best teachers and we need to make sure we are meeting their learning needs.  Districts need mentoring programs, social and emotional curriculum, restorative justice polices, professional development strategies to build teacher and student efficacy, and aggressive efforts to promote academic success. We can’t just ignore it when kids are behind, and we can’t just suspend, expel, or refer kids away.

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Vanishing Acts/Chapter One

                                                                          Vanishing Acts Chapter One – Buddy, 2011   “Chapter One — Buddy, 2011, ” is the first chapter in the latest book from Jaimee Wriston Colbert.   by Jaimee Wriston Colbert One of Buddy’s earliest memories has to do with death.  He’s a little kid about three or four, still those marshmallow legs and he’s running ahead of his mother on the jetty in Rock Harbor, Maine, that noses its way out a mile or so into the harbor, ocean the slick color of a dime all around them, small waves sucking at the sides.  He dates his memories this way: PM for pre-move, and AM for after their move out of Maine to Hawai’i, because that’s when everything came apart.  It’s like he’s going backwards now.  Instead of his life ahead of him the way it’s supposed to be, things to look forward to, he’s slipped from a bright mid-morning back into some dank dawn.  AM.  After move. But we digress.  That’s a word his mother would use, digress.  Gwen likes big words, Jesus, red wine and Xanax, but not always in that order—she likes to mix it up a bit.  She also believes there’s a perceivable chance the world will end in September, 2013.  She’s talking apocalypse: earthquakes, tsunamis, the dead crawling out of their graves.  Most Christian Fundamentalists, new ageists, Mayan calendar enthusiasts and...

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