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Not only sadness but love and joy.

HEART ON ICE BY UTE CARSON  34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 87

“How many more deaths can we bear?” my grandmother sighed. I thought so too and asked if life was like this, “Always sadness and tears?” My grandmother had no immediate answer but held me tight. After a long pause she said, “No child, what we have between us is not only sadness but love and joy.”

All the girls knew your 

Asian putz was smaller.

HALF-FOOT HEROES BY BEN UMAYAM  34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 87

At the age of 13, a typical pubescent Filipino boy, I was obsessed with my inadequacy in the penis department. I was taught the Asian Myth. Asians have minuscule members. The other guys and all the girls knew your Asian putz was smaller.

The poet asks a reader to consider and reconsider.

STARS LIKE A RUNWAY TO OBLIVION BY NANCY DAFOE  34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 87

The poet’s work is to disturb the reader, agitate for a cause, destroy complacency, intrude on a summer’s day. The poet asks a reader to consider and reconsider, to look in a way that perhaps the reader has not regarded before. 

This is what my world had come to.

PROFILE BY RICHARD RISEMBERG  34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 87

I wondered why we’d bothered leaving the house. We were sitting at right angles to each other, supposedly the most intimate position. But that doesn’t work unless you actually look at the other person. I was doing all the looking, or at least all the looking that wasn’t directed at product from some startup trying to hook enough eyeballs so that it could pimp itself to a media conglomerate’s shareholders. 

Something about the song playing being a wrong song. 

THE WAR BY SALLY K LEHMAN  34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 87

down in the city they got it

BLUE CORN PANCAKES BY WILLIAM HUHN  34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 87

full-on assault on the senses

THE LILY BY GAITEE ARA SIDDIQI  34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 87


34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 87

PROFILE BY RICHARD RISEMBERG, THE WAR BY SALLY K LEHMAN, HALF-FOOT HEROES BY BEN UMAYAM, STARS LIKE A RUNWAY TO OBLIVION BY NANCY DAFOE, HEART ON ICE BY UTE CARSON, BLUE CORN PANCAKES BY WILLIAM HUHN, THE LILY BY GAITEE ARA SIDDIQI.