Tag: September 2019


I have grown                   older without            noticing

like turning                      now the inter-          section sleet

slick in shining                 darkness and             two people

trying to cross                  I’m suddenly            skidding

halfway through              the curve the            streetlight off
a power out-                 

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My hair is falling out

So give it to the midnight crows and let them bring it to
a little black girl should she set out seeds of a hungry sunflower.

May they wrap it around a chip of bright amber or tuck

it inside the nostril of a rotting field mouse. Teach her meat;
she needs to know. Though, the pink tendon is worse as we age.

Like a gate at which we like to shut our eyes. Rub the sore


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The Fall of the Meritocracy

In 1958, sociologist Michael Young wrote a dark satire called The Rise of the Meritocracy. The term “meritocracy” was Young’s own coining, and he chose it to denote a new aristocracy based on expertise and test-taking instead of breeding and titles. In Young’s book, set in 2034, Britain is forced to evolve by international economic competition. The elevation of IQ over birth first serves as a democratizing force championed by socialists, but ultimately results in a rigid caste system.

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Right Brain

On my desk sit four containers of brain pills. Though they are made by four separate companies, they are similar enough in appearance and content to be almost interchangeable. The ingredients mention green tea extract and bacopa, B vitamins and black pepper extract. The names of the formulae—Alpha Brain, Read original

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Rudyard Kipling, American Imperialist

Last summer, students at the University of Manchester arrived in their newly refurbished Students’ Union building to find some words of advice painted on a wall before them:

If you can keep your head when all about you

       Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,

If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,

       But make allowance for their doubting too,
If yo

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The New American Homeless

Last August, Cokethia Goodman returned home from work to discover a typed letter from her landlord in the mailbox. She felt a familiar panic as she began to read it. For nearly a year, Goodman and her six children—two of them adopted after being abandoned at birth—had been living in a derelict but functional three-bedroom house in the historically black Peoplestown neighborhood of Atlanta.

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