no. 21, january 2008

    in collaboration with S p i n e l e s s  B o o k s

& N e O  P e p p e r  P r e s s



One man, one family driven from the land; this rusty car creaking along the highway to the west. I lost my land, a single tractor took my land. I am alone and bewildered. And in the night one family camps in a ditch and another family pulls in and the tents come out. The two men squat on their hams and the women and children listen [?!]. Here is the node, you who hate change and fear revolution. Keep these two squatting men apart; make them hate, fear, suspect each other. Here is the anlage of the thing you fear. This is the zygote. For here "I lost my land" is changed; a cell is split and from its splitting grows the thing you hate--"We lost our land." The danger is here, for two men are not as lonely and perplexed as one. And from this first "we" there grows a still more dangerous thing: "I have a little food" plus "I have none." If from this problem the sum is "We have a little food," the thing is on its way, the movement has direction. Only a little multiplication now, and this land, this tractor are ours. The two men squatting in a ditch, the little fire, the sidemeat stewing in a single pot, the silent, stone-eyed women; behind, the children listening with their souls to words their minds do not understand. The night draws down. The baby has a cold. Here, take this blanket. It's wool. It was my mother's blanket-take it for the baby. This is the thing to bomb. This is the beginning-from "I" to "we."


John Steinbeck, The Grapes of Wrath





Storylet, A Tragedied Novel

A Comedy of Micro-Mannerisms

Anne Lendon Heide & J. Michael Martinez & James Belflower

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an interactive visual poem

Adriana de Barros, Eduardo Recife, and Digitaria

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“Gate. Safe!”

by William Walsh & Ulysses by James Joyce (1922)

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four poems

by Vernon Frazer and Michelle Greenblatt

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Enchanted Me From the Beginning

by Tammy Ho & Jeff Zroback

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The Saran Sisters Discuss Life Sentients

or redundancy serves no one

by Patsy Alford & Christina Burress

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Art in the Issue

Peter Schwartz with

Lenka Manning-Warder & Carolyn Adams

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Little Golden America:

Chapter Fourteen:

America Cannot Be Caught Napping

 by Ilya Ilf & Eugene Petrov


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