He was found with his forehead literally hunched over the keys of his piano.

THE PERPETUAL DEATH OF THE COMPOSER BY SIMON KING 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 16

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34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 16

THE DEVIL HAS CAUGHT YOU
AFOLABI OPANUBI

VENUS DANCING
OONAGH C DOHERTY

THE PERPETUAL DEATH
OF THE COMPOSER
SIMON KING

SAM METRO’S WEATHER
LAURA ROBERTS

THE DINING TABLE
RANJAN ADIGA

KNEES TOGETHER
HANNAH LACKOFF

CLOWN OF DEATH
WILLIAM E BURLESON

MIXMASTER
JULIE ZUCKERMAN

BLUE SKY
DAVE EARLY

PLAYWRITING
(& TEXTING QUICKER)
PHILIP ZWERLING
INTERVIEWS LEE BLESSING

STEEPER SEESAWS: A PARALLEL POEM
CHANGMING YUAN

THE WAY IT SHOULD
HAVE HAPPENED
PETER M GORDON

With the fall of communism, Kralitz settled in Germany indefinitely. He set aside chamber pieces to concentrate on full-scale orchestral works. There was a silence of five years; everyone presumed, me included, that he had ceased composing but, no, he was devoting all his energy to the most substantial piece of his entire career.

Although I had always been his closest friend, he had ceased returning my phone calls, which I found alarming. I sent him a lengthy letter detailing my worries, to which he replied shortly and succinctly:

Dear Kryztof, I am not avoiding you out of discourtesy or impudence. My devotion to this new symphony has wrenched me, disabling me from partaking in the most basic activities, even maintaining contact with my most intimate friends has become strenuously difficult. Merely notating this magmatic monster is destroying my physical and mental health, yet I feel that this piece is so promising that... I feel urged to complete it. Regards, Alfred

A few months after I received this letter, Kralitz passed away. He was found with his forehead literally hunched over the keys of his piano, stacks of manuscript paper were scattered all over the floor, and his dead frail hands clenched his adored pen, its ink spilling onto the keys and loose scraps of paper.

 

0onagh Doherty

was born in Aberdeen Scotland, and grew up in both the United Kingdom and the United States. She lives now in Massachusetts and works as a lawyer. "I write and read because I have to," she says. "I have published poems in many literary magazines, including Margie, Measure, and Crannog, but prose is what I love best."

 

Afolabi Opanubi

grew up in Port Harcourt, a coastal city in Southern Nigeria. He studied in Canada at Memorial University, where he graduated in Environmental Science. He lives in Toronto. ao.opanubi at gmail dot com

Changming Yuan

grew up in a remote Chinese village before moving to Canada. He has a PhD in English and teaches in Vancouver. His poetry has been published in Barrow Street, Best Canadian Poetry, Best New Poems Online, Exquisite Corpse, London Magazine, and 380 other literary journals/anthologies in 16 countries. He is the author of Chansons of a Chinaman (2009) and co-author of Voices from the West Coast (2011).

Philip Zwerling

is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Texas Pan American, teaches undergraduate and graduate playwriting. He is the author of two books, Nicaragua: A New Kind of Revolution, and After School Theatre Programs for At Risk Teenagers, and is Editor of The CIA on Campus: Essays on Academic Freedom and the National Security State.

Lee Blessing

is a playwright whose work has been produced on Broadway and in Japan, South Africa, France and Brazil. His best known play, A Walk in the Woods, was produced on Broadway and in London's West End and in the former Soviet Union as well. Blessing heads the graduate playwriting department at Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University.

Simon King

questions what exactly constitutes art. "That's why I'm often drawn to 'meta-fiction' exploring how artists wish to represent the world and how their world view is esteemed by the establishment and general audience." This is King's first publication.

Laura Roberts

is Editor-in-Chief of Black Heart Magazine an online literary magazine which she refers to as a "literary rebellion". Roberts is working on the first draft of a first novel titled Naked Montreal. She curates a local budget blog Shoestring Austin, "because living on a budget doesn't have to suck".

Peter M Gordon

is a writer and media consultant. He has worked as a theatre direcor and teacher, and in television programming. "I always loved reading poetry, but never thought I'd ever write any until three years ago," Peter says. "I was trying to write an essay about taking my oldest son to college, and it came out as a poem. I've been writing poetry ever since." 34thParallel published his poem River Rocks in Issue 12. petermgordon1 at gmail dot com

Ranjan Adiga

is originally from Nepal. He is a PhD student in English at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of North Carolina, Wilmington. His stories have been published in Story Quarterly and South Asian Review.

Hannah Lackoff

says she has been writing since before she could write. She dictated her stories to her parents and she would illustrate them. She lives in Boulder, Colorado, with her boyfriend, dog, and a lot of books.

William E Burleson

says he started writing as an expression of his mid-life crisis, "a heck of a lot cheaper than a sports car". He has a story in the Clare Literary Journal and his one-act play Manfinders.com was a winner of the Metropolitan State University Playwriting Contest. "I love revising and revising my towering, steaming pile of stories," he says. His writing includes a non-fiction book, Bi America, Myths, Truths, and Struggles of an Invisible Community (Haworth Press, 2005). Burleson was a contributor to the Lambda Book Report and jurist for their annual book awards, and a columnist for Lavender Magazine.

Julie Zuckerman

lives and works in Israel in high tech, though she'd much prefer to spend her time reading and writing fiction. Her story White Oaks was published in 34thParallel Issue 12. She has also been published in Descant, The New Orphic Review, and an anthology of Israeli short fiction.

Dave Early

says he writes to kill time. "And I am not being flippant. That has always been the sole reason for my writing." His work has been published in Litro, Brand, Sein und Werden, Bartleby Snopes, Decongested Tales, The View From Here, The Interpreter's House, and The Pygmy Giant.

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