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Mind Games

Mind Games

One of Those Days   The Atlas of the World Inside Outside the mind But more than that More than just maps and histories The Atlas of the World as if It were made for you And you remake it every third or fourth hour With time off for good behavior An explosion of mirth overtakes the symphony Then ideal pain And ideal questions An onslaught of daring never imagined Before or since A judgment day A carnival A tent…

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The Earth Also Rises

The Earth Also Rises

 Galileo Galilei (1564-1642) was one of the heroes of my youth. Anyone who can run rings around authority gets my vote, especially when that authority is cruel, oppressive, backward, and consistently stands in the way of progress. If I later learned that he did not battle the Inquisition quite as I had imagined, his heroism still strikes me as real. He had no way of knowing that the Church would be far more lenient with him than it was with…

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Van Gogh’s Nightsong

Van Gogh’s Nightsong

 There have been thousands of interpretations of Van Gogh’s most famous painting. Some find comfort in reduction. Reduced to a mere figment of his infected brain, reduced to a painting of scenery outside his asylum in Saint Remy, reduced to something your kid sister could do. Reduced. Thing is, the most important thing, this is a painting of a world without end, a million worlds without beginning or end that fight against reduction to the death. Or, if there is…

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