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They could be themselves with each other.

LOIS BY CORA CRUZ 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 30

Oh, I had been in love. Even if unrequitedly. Love, as I imagined it, went far beyond the clinical technicalities of sex or the games of manipulation. The mundane details of the world disappeared when one person, and one person alone, could center both your sensuality and your sense of meaning, purpose, and beauty, blending them together. It made anything seem possible, anything seem tolerable, and all worthwhile.

Can we talk, at least, before I go?

CENTRAL PARK BY ETKIN CAMOGLU 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 30

“Can we talk, at least, before I go?” you say but I don’t, won’t answer. You can talk to yourself all you want when you get back to Brooklyn. I don’t care. Hell, you have two hands and an imagination plus the internet connection you steal from your landlord two floors down. Cheap motherfucker. You can do all the talking you want till you jerk yourself dead. “I love you,” you say.


34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 30

FAST FRIENDS BY BILL SCHILLACI, CENTRAL PARK BY ETKIN CAMOGLU, THE COSTUME CLOSET BY RHIANNON CATHERWOOD, LOIS BY CORA CRUZ, LET’S DO THIS BY TRACEY SWAN, 61 YEARS OF AUTEURISM BY GRAHAM DASELER, PARK LIFE BY ERIC DEPRIESTER, AUGMENTED REALITY BY SUZANNE LAGRANDE, THE RISE AND FALL OF KNOWING BY JASON LUFT, CHORUS OF EXES BY L MCKENZIE.