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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Shibboleth


What if the lexis of the language
stood up and shouted “open sesame”
and the codes of custom came down
from the sky like rain
ruining what was left of culture and
what was alone in the night?
Would the cry of clichés
and buzz-words become a milestone
for signals and secret dreams?
Would passwords become semaphores
for the flow of DNA?
Only a calligram from the Creator
will set the lighthouse on fire
with the countersign that translates
into the fingerprint of a secret book.
A watchword for “prayer” or
the hallmark of a tattered flag.

In the other room a lesser brand of gin
has gained control of the club.
Members are in a state of chaos.
Votes are being cast
for a token black.
This is a milestone in our history.
A hybrid. A portmanteau.
Something as obsolete as anarchy.
As newfangled as a dirty word
or the translation of so much claque.
Get used to it.
It’s the future.
There is no where to turn
but back.



Thomas Rain Crowe
is an internationally recognized author whose work has been published in several languages. As a poet, translator, editor, publisher and freelance writer, he is the author of thirty books of original works including Rare Birds: Conversations With Music Legends and the multi-award winning book of nonfiction Zoro’s Field: My Life in the Appalachian Woods, published in 2005 by the Univ. of Georgia Press. As an editor, he has been an instrumental force behind such magazines as Beatitude, Katuah Journal and the Asheville Poetry Review, as well as editing the modern classic of contemporary Celtic language poets Writing the Wind: A Celtic Resurgence. He has translated the work of such prominent writers as Hafiz, Guillevic and Yvan Goll. He is founder and publisher of New Native Press. His literary archives have been purchased and are collected by the Duke University Special Collections Library. He lives in the Tuckasegee community in rural western North Carolina.


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