My life was going nowhere, but life seemed good.

BERTRAND RUSSELL AND MY SUMMER IN THE SUN BY STEVEN MCBREARTY 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 61


Slathered in suntan lotion, supplemented by an occasional targeted spray of OFF, I sat in a recliner chair reading Bertrand Russell’s History of Western Philosophy in the backyard of my family’s pink-brick ranch-style home in suburban San Antonio, Texas, in 1975. It was summertime, late morning, getting hot already. At just this moment in time, I was almost perfectly relaxed, tranquil, even. The fact that I had no job, no plans, no prospects, no vision for the future, seemed somehow to produce a bubble of serenity that everything was going to be alright. The past seemed erased. Everything was now in the present. The book, a hearty swig of canned Coke, perspiration rolling down my bare back—I wore swim trunks only—all made for a congenial, dreamy, soporific effect. My life was going nowhere, but life seemed good.

I DON’T KNOW WHAT FOREVER MEANS BY ROBERT EARLE 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 61

I don’t know what forever means.

“Do you want to meet Tommy?”

“Not unless he’s coming home with you.”

“Neither of us is going to do that, Daddy.”

“I guess there’s no point in meeting him, then, but you should know that as of tomorrow the police will keep a lookout on this place. He’s a missing kid in St Louis, and you’re one here. We filed with them the day after you disappeared. “

I sing to the broken city.

KORYO SONG OF CHICAGO BY SHARON BENTLEY VIRGO 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 61


34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 61

IMAGES BY KEVIN MORRIS, KORYO SONG OF CHICAGO BY SHARON BENTLEY VIRGO, YOUR BODY (MOST LIKELY) EXISTS IN ANOTHER LANGUAGE BY KATHLEEN LEVITT, ANGEL LOVE BY BEN HARDWELL, THE OTHER VEGAN IN THE ROOM BY ARIEZRA ROBINSON, BERTRAND RUSSELL AND MY SUMMER IN THE SUN BY STEVEN MCBREARTY, I DON’T KNOW WHAT FOREVER MEANS BY ROBERT EARLE.


KATHLEEN LEVITT 

In writing these poems I was interested in the manipulation of form—The structures of each poem attempt to challenge the tangible shape of the self as a malleable form. I am an MFA student at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon.


ARIEZRA ROBINSON

I attend the University of Massachusetts at Amherst where I study sports management. I don’t believe that people should be restricted to one path in life, which is why I am studying sports management while also writing poetry. 


STEVEN MCBREARTY

I have published two collections of short stories: Christmas Day on a City Bus, McKinney Press, 2011, and The Latin Sub, Impure Thoughts and One Man’s Definition of Mortal Sin, Adelaide Publishers, 2017, in addition to more than 40 short stories and humor pieces


SHARON BENTLEY VIRGO

I wrote this Kory song to reflect my experiences in Chicago, my home town. I am hapa (a Hawaiian term for mixed race persons of Asian descent), and my roots to my Korean ancestry are forever growing and grabbing hold of me. 

sharonbentleyvirgo@yahoo.com


KEVIN MORRIS

Photography gives me the means to capture the brief moments that once only existed in my memory. I am constantly in search of new places or new perspectives of familiar scenes. I hope to blend together wonder and joy, nature and humanity, to produce photographs that ignite wanderlust and nostalgic childhood memories.


ROBERT EARLE

I have written five stories about Maybeth and Tommy, teenage runaways from the Midwest who meet in LA. The first Maybeth and Tommy story, Under a Bridge, was published in a collection of my stories called Nowhere is Always Somewhere (Wordrunner eChapbooks), Bluer Blue was published by the UK magazine Storgy, Resurfacing is being published by The MacGuffin, Memphis Was a Sad, Moaning Place is being published by Rock & Sling. Vine Leaves Press published my latest collection of stories, She Receives the Night. The Naval Institute Press published a memoir of my experiences in Iraq, Nights in the Pink Motel. DayBue published my novel, The Way Home.

robertearle.me

Twitter Writer@RobertLeeEarle.

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