Note from the Editors

 

   SEEING RED 

    ENDU(RED) ADMI(RED)
    DESI(RED) WONDE(RED)
    RUMO(RED) ADO(RED)
    ENAMO(RED) INSPI(RED)
    DISCOVE(RED) SAC(RED)
    HUNGE(RED) WONDE(RED)
    EXPLO(RED) FEATU(RED)
    AUTHO(RED) SEA(RED)
    DA(RED) UNCENSO(RED)
    SOA(RED) ADVENTU(RED)

 

 

    


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The Intercession of the Cathode Ray Tube  
 

It’s not so much placed there
as it somehow simply gets there
as if by its own power, although
we know it has no power of its own,
unless, of course, by power you mean
the simple trick of electricity
which any child can pull off
by inserting two prongs into matching
sockets, but still it has no mobility,
no motility, no ability
to move on its own and somehow will
itself between what is real and what
is only a fabrication, reflection,
projection of what we think is real.
 

The producers, of course, haven’t willed
it there.  They would much prefer
we felt it, whatever it might be,
the fear, the warmth of falling in love,
the almost complete cessation of function
as the bullet enters the brain as if
it were real, then we’d be  compelled
almost physically to buy the expensive
shoes, hair product, unneeded
kitchen gadget, new and improved
anything, we’d get up and travel to Jamaica
or Branson, Missouri, right then because
we’d know we had to, we’d know our lives
depended on it, we’d know it was
the most real thing about us.



Author of 5 collections of poetry, Scott Owens is editor of Wild Goose Poetry Review, author of “Musings” (a weekly column on poetry), founder of Poetry Hickory, Vice President of the Poetry Council of North Carolina, and a writer of reviews of contemporary poetry. His work has received awards from the Pushcart Prize Anthology, the Academy of American Poets, the NC Writers’ Network, the NC Poetry Society, and the Poetry Society of SC. Born in Greenwood, SC, he has lived in NC for the past 25 years and currently teaches at Catawba Valley Community College.


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