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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.

I don’t know what forever means.

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

“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. Mr Weese says his mother did, too.”

“He contacted her?”

“He contacted social services in LA and got word to her through them.”

“Did Mommy push him into doing that?”

“Sure, she did. Either we’ll see you when you’re picked up and brought to us, or we’ll see you when you come home by yourself. This can’t go on forever, can it?”

“I don’t know what forever means.”

“I guess we’ll find out.”

“I guess we will.”

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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.

I sing to the broken city.

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

it’s easier to say things

to you on this diagonal

YOUR BODY (MOST LIKELY) EXISTS IN ANOTHER LANGUAGE BY KATHLEEN LEVITT 34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 61

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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.

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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. 

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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

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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

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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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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.

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