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Married Students Members of the Board of Trustees talking with faculty members. See story, pages 1, 3, 4. May Live Married students may live on campus subject to certam restrictions, the Board of Trustees voted at their meeting last week. The Board also voted to rescind its previous policy prohibit ingthe admission of married students. The Trustees set the following conditions for residence at the dormitories when both partners in the marriage are students: --Writtenpermissionofthe parents or guardians of both students must normally be submitted to the Dean of Students before the marriage.In every case, the parents must be informed before the marriage. SEC Considers mplications Of IVklrriecl Student Ruling Members of the Student Executive Committee Wednesday raised a nwnber of questions concerning the effects of the new policy on married students on student finances and college rules. the original grant, and under no circwnstances can he continue to receive financial aid for any purpose other than tuition. 11 Miller suggested the formation of an "interior committee" for Hamilton Center. He noted students have moved chairs and in other ways have expressed displeasure at the Center set-up. SEC Chairman Tom Jarrell, sec ond-year representative Rick Stauf fer, and third-year representative Bill Thurston were named to the new committee. Miller reported Recreation Coordinator Frank Meyer has proposEd the SEC and the administration split the cost of an extra outside line in the reception center, as the two college lines should not be held up on private business. (Continued on page 2, column 1) In Dorms --The married couple may live on campus as long as they have no children, provided there is space available after the housing needs of all tmmarriedstudentshave been met. --Dorm selections will continue to operate by the established procedure. No room> will be saved or set aside for married students. --Under the existing housing conditions, all married couples staying on campus must live in Court Three, unlessthe Dean of Students finds extenuating circumstances justify an exception. --Married couples will not have privileges other students do not have, except the intervisitation rule obviously does not apply to the married couple while they are in their room. They must observe the inteiVisitation rule outside their room, and visitors and guests of a married couple must observe the rule anywhere on campus. When only one partner in the marriage is a New College student, the student rna y not live in the dormitories unless the other partner is away in military service or is otheiWise absent so the student is, in effect, a single person. Permission of the Dean of Students must be obtained in such instances, and the permission of parents or guardians will normally be required. When Miller said the Admissions staff would not consciously act to exclude all marrieds from campus, Shoemaker asked if through a mis taken estimate of attrition rates marrieds wollld be forced to live off campus and then give up financial aid except for tuition. He asked what would happen if single students found themselves in the same situation. Haniltm Center Food Praised Shoemaker Second-year representative Ted Shoemaker complained students planning marriage before the comingfall termhave no way of planning finances, bee a use it would not be known until then whether dormitory housing would be available to m31Tieds. The policy statement approved last week by the Board of Trustees says, ''No rooms will be saved or set aside for married students. 11 Shoemaker asked if this means the Admissions staff will fill up the residences, or that if there happens to be an overload manied students would be asked to take off-campus residence. The situation is complicated, Shoemaker pointed out, because the policy statement also rules that students who move off campus for any reason must submit to reassessment of financial need, and 11 Any adjustmentsthatmaybe made will be downward from the amount of S tucents De fed SEC ProseOJtor Students voted 62-48 Monday to prohibit Student Executive Committee members from serving as prosecutor of the Judicial Committee. After the vote tally was reported to the SEC at its meeting Wednesday, the SEC agreed without dissent not to appoint a prosecutor until a case requiring one comes up. Second-year SEC representative Jerry Ncugartcn will be appointed prosecutor o.tthattime, whereupon he would resign from the SEC. Miller said if there is an overload, ro31Tied students would be "the first to go, 11 but he assured the SEC the new policy is "aimed at discouraging student marriages, but we won 1t intentionally hurt anybody. 11 Despite C ancellation Talk Shoemaker also questioned the trustees' reference to married students' observation of the intervisitation rule, and he asked if this implied trustees have some active jurisdiction in setting college rules. Miller replied such an interpretation would be "legalistic, 11 and that college rules-remain the business of students and administration. Inotherbusiness, the House Committee reported priority drawings for selection of single rooms in the third comt will be held tomorrow and Sunday by committee members Lee Crawfort and Bill Miller said some ex -classrooms will be available for singles when the classrooms in Hamilton Center open Monday. In the midst of rumors the college caterer would not have his contract renewednextyear, the House Committee yesterday presented a resolution commending ServomationMathias and the kitchen staff "for the superb food we have been eating since we moved into Hamilton Court." The resolution, which was put on the bulletin board in the student lotmge more than a week ago, had been signed by 128 students. Second-year student Dan Hag garty reported to the Student Exec utive Committee Wednesday he had been told by Thomas Estep, kitchen manager for ServomationMathias, that Estep was in danger of losing his contract "unless the Business Office got a direct indication students still love him. 11 Estep The Sec declined any immediate action, however. Second-year student Jerry N eugarten called any SEC commendation of Estep "premature 11 and he suggested the House Committee check with ad-french Said Unchanged After Major Surgery The "serious" condition of College Examiner Dr. John French remains unchanged after major surgery at Memorial Hospital in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. A hospital spokesman told The Catalyst early this morning French's exact condition could not be given out because his doctor was in emergency surgery, but little change had occurred after surgery. French, who, with his son Arthur was injured in the crash of a small plane French was piloting, reportedly suffered a broken collarbone, fractured skull and facial injuries. Mrs. Arthur Miller, who spoke to French's wife by telephone, said Mrs. French had reported the condition as "serious. A report in today's Sarasota Herald-Tribune quoted Dr. Rollin Posey, Social Sciences Chairman, as reporting Mrs. French has said her husband was "very much better" yesterday. French Arthur French apparently escaped with minor inJuries. French's plane, a single engine Cessna owned by the Sarasota Collegiate Flying Club, an organization formed by New College students and faculty members in 1965, crashed at Horace Williams Airport near Chapel Hill. The plane apparently stalled on take-off. French flew to Chapel Hill to pick up his son, who is a at the University of North Carolma there. He was Hying on toW ashington, D. C., where he would meet his wife and proceed next week to a meeting in West Berlin where he was to read two research papers in the field of educational testing. French had gotten his pilot's li cense last spring. ministrators to find out if Hagar ty's report were true, and what reasons there might be for dissatisfaction. Personnel Director Walter Puette, when asked if the food service was tmsatisfactory, told The Catalyst, "Quite the contrary. 11 He said the Business Office was on good terms with Estep, and there is little indication Estep's contract will not be renewed when it expires at the end of the academic year. Estep told The Catalyst last night college officials must "protect themselves, 11 and in his o pinion they "want students to assure them in some way you want us back. 11 $300, 000Dmor Revises Gift A major donor to New College has revised the conditions of her gift to provide a science collection for the library and two scholarships. Mrs. Burt J. Denman of Plymouth Harbor, Sarasota, bas stipulated the $300, 000 she gave in 1962 for future support of the physical sciences be used to establish a $30, 000 Winchell Science Collection and two $135, 000 scholarships, the David Draper Dayton scholarship and the Louise Winchell Denman scholarship. The science collection is named for Mrs. Denman's parents, and the Draper scholarship for her late first husband. Calling the gift "of tremendous value, 11 President John Elmendorf said the would award five Dayton and five Denman scholarships for the next ten years. Mrs. Denman graduated from the University of Minnesota and was the daughter of Professor Newton H. Winchell, an emminent geologist at Minnesota for many year:s.


... Page 2 Editorials Politics Clld Dissent Whetherornot we are entering, as Hans Morgenthau wams, 11a new and more virulent era of McCaxthyisrn, 11 it is clear positions on both sides of the Vietnam issue will harden as the war intensifies. The radicals will resort more and more to flag-burnings, the conservatives more and more to flagdeification and the middle-of-the-roaders more and more to defendm'g the "right to dissent" and the "right to answer dissent." Hopes for a reasoned reconcilement among the various factions seem at this point impossible, If political debate on the subject of the war has been reduced to a mainly emotional and symbolistic level, one man at least has gained from it. President Johnson should find it easier to pursue what he feels is the proper course in Vietnam, when critics of his policy on the one extreme are busily exchanging mud with critics on the other. We are encouraged, therefore, by the Republican Policy Committee's recent report on Vietnam, which suggested, contrary to whatmany political pt.mdits have been suggest ing, that Vietnam can be an issue of the 1968 election. A political consensus in support of a war policy which faces dissent from a substantial minority of the populace would seem artificial and undemocratic, If an anti-war movement is to succeed politically, it must as a matter of political reality operate through one of the two major parties. And since Johnson's party will probably renominate lrim and his general policy of cautious escalation, the Republican Party faces the responsibility of providing a responsible dissenting voice. We would hope critics of the war will maintain some degree of calm and will keep an eye on 168 while working vigorously in the present to coiTect what they feel is a disaster in U. s. foreign policy. Save the ECO The East Campus Other, it appears, is facing demise for lack of finances. No union problems, according to the management, but the high cost of paper and press time ($2 per page) is a little stiff for a journal that is financed through private studem caritributions. A petition is circulating now requesting the tudent Activity Fund allocate $50 to pay ECO's expenses for the year. Although ECO has been the target of considerable criticism lately, asmall part of it deserved, we think it deserves the students' official support. ECO caters to the activist-minded, and it provides a fo t'4Dlforpolemicistsmuchwider than that which can be providedbythe more general interest, news-oriented Catalyst. The ECO is apparently widely read on campus, and it has causeditsshareof usually healthy campus controversy. We think $50 is a small price to pay for one of New College's major intra-campus sources of intellectual and political stimulation. The Catalyst Letters Offers tWar Prayer' To the Editor: Although I am away from America in body, 1 am with her in spirit. I am writing this letter for several reasons. The first is to express my undying gratitude to the members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Sunshine Post #3233 and other patriotic members of the Sarasota Community for their loud condemnation of that obscene letter printed in the Sarasota HeraldTrib1me and written by Jon Shaughnessy. How dare he say things like that? I've known for a long time that New College is only a "front" for a secret Communist espionage ring. A$ a matter of fact, from reliable sources I have learned of an Invasion Plot! Have you noticed that New College is right on Sarasota Bay? You have? Good! Well, on July 4, when all Patriotic Americans are at the parade, Cuban Communists are going to land by boat right in front of New Col lege! They're going to make New College their headquarters (the new dining hall) so if people work fast, they can wipe out both the Communists and New College with one fell swoop! If you don 1t stop the Invasion, though, you know what's going to happen. Why, everybody knows that those Commtmists only want to "diddle" with our women. The most important reason for writing this letter is not to warn you of an invasion. The other day I came across a copy of a prayer which I just know should be the Official Prayer of the VFW. I wish I was a member of that Organizationsothat I could make a motion forthis myself, but since I'm not, I'm sure that there are others who would be glad to do it for me. The prayer is called "War Prayer", and it was written by Mark Twain: "Oh Lord our God help us to tear their soldiers to bloody shreds with our shells; help us to cover their smiling fields with the pale forms on their patriotic dead; help us to lay waste their humble homes with ahwricane offirc;help us to wring the hearts of their widows with unavailing grief; help us to tum them out roofless with their little children to wander unfriended the wastes of their desolated land in rags and hunger and thirst, sports of the sun flames in summer and the icy winds of winter, broken in spirit, wom with Progress T ranslanslation of Bible Seen as By JET LOWE It has not been until this century that a real effort has been made to translate the Bible, according to Dr. Harry M. Orlinsky. One of the world's foremost Bible authorities and professor of Bible at the New York school of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of SEC I Continued from page 1) Several members and observers commented if a private phone were set up, then perllaps the administration wouid aliow students behind the counter, which they do not now forfearof misuse of college phones. After lengthy discussion it was agreed Jarrell would discuss the matterwithDean of Students Robert Norwine. Miller corrected reports that the "official, glass-enclosed bulletin board in Hamilton Center would be closed to students and said official student notices would be accepted. It was reported the inside doors to the snack bar were inserted back wards and thus were not secure. In response to Miller's report that the snack bar would have to be locked at midnight until" the doors arc fixed, Jarrell suggested wood strips be placed in the door handles. Product of This Century Religion, Odinsky spoke to students, fa c u 1 t y, and guests last night in the first Ben G. Randolph lecture: "The New Age of Bible Translation: Jewish, Protestant, and Catholic. Orlinsky told his audience we are at the end of the fourth epoch of Biblical translation. The first epoch begins with the Hebrews in Alexandria of 250 BC. Interestingly enough, these first efforts were not successful, in Or linsky's view, because of the strong belief that they were translating the very word of God. Thus, they were severely limited in changing word usage meaningfully in the new language. Each succeeding epoch, accordingtoOrlinsky, has been impaired by the continuing practice, set by the Alexandrians, of making direct, literal translations. The skepticism concerning the King James veri ion of the Bible in the 20th Century was traced by Orlinsky to the 16th Century, when the version was not accepted for its "inauthenticity" and "archaic" language. In each age there has been some relation between the emergence of a new translation and the cultural upheaval of the time. The Alexandrian Hebrews, having been out of Judea for so long, needed a Greek translation of the Books of Moses, for example. The Christians, similarly, needed some literature and scripture to back their word, while the need for the King James version arose with individualism, print culture, putting the priest intermediator out of ness, The 20th Century children c the enlightenment no longer need the Bible as a means of comprehending their cultural position, and they now look upon it with scienti fic detachment emphasizing authenticity. Moreover, archaeological finds of the past hundred years flatly invalidate the old works of translation. "The King James version is so familiar that no one knows what it means," Orlinsky added. So what is needed now and what has been demanded in the past decades is a of archaeo-1 o g i c a 1, historiographical, and ohilological findings. Selective Service Discontinuing Tests Director of the Draft Gen. Lewis B. Hershey reported Wednesday the Selective Service is discontinuing its college qualification tests. According to an account in the Times, Hershey deClded to d1scontinue the tests because the "entire question of student draft deferments (is) in an open state. 11 The selective service exams were instituted a year ago to help local draft boards determine which students should be drafted, when it became apparent drafting of some students might be necessary. Nearly a million students have taken the three-hour test which some critics claimed discrhuinated against non-science students. May 12, 1967 travail, imploring Thee for the refuge of the grave and denied it--for our sakes who adore Thee, Lord, blast their hopes, blight their lives, protract their bitter pilgrimage, makeheavytheirsteps, water their way with their tears, stain the white snow with the blood of their wounded feet! We ask it, m the spirit of love, of Hirn Who is the Source of Love, and Who is the evexfaith.ful refuge and friend of ill that are sore beset and seek His aid with humble and contrite hearts. Amen. 11 I was also wondering if "War Prayer" couldn't be put to music. If it could, I think that the VFW Post shoul form a choir acKinlay Kantor as the conductor and cut a record. I'll bet it would sell more copies than Dirksen's! Love, (signed) Thomas Lesure Cuemavaca, Morelos Mexico May 1, 1967 Paintings Criticized To the Editor: The paintings now on the walls in Hamilton Court look as though the colors do not harmonize with the furniture, nor do they harmonize with each other. Taken in its entirety, the display ruins the effeet of the whole complex. Thereismuchtalk about appearance on this can:;. pus. Surely even the dullest visitor can see that the paintings are bad; and badly shown; and surely no student will suggest that the effect is of anythmg but awfulness. Since they belong to the college, must we show them? Surelythere is no one who believes we should be proud that the school has a collection as fine as this. It is not fine. It is grotesque. Sincerely, David Rollow George Monoson Member Also.-iated Collegiate I'MSI Volume lll, Number 34 May 12, 1967 Published weekly by students at New College three weeks from through the first week in January and S1X weeks in July and August). Subscri!XiOilS: $5,00 per year (43 issues) or 15 per copy. Address subscription orders, change of dress notices and 1mdeliverable copies to: The Catalyst/New College/Post Office Box 1898/Sarasota, Florida 33578. to mail at second-class postage rates pending at Sarasota, Florida. Tel. 355-5406. Editor ... .. KenJI Oda Assoc. Editor ..... Laurie Business .......... George Fink Production .. Steve Orlofsky Circulation ... Dale Controller ........ Edna Wa kler Photography ............ Dave Te er Staff: Kit Arbuckle, Betsy Ash, ltvmg Benoist, Claudio Blair, Carol ADD Childress, Glenda C1 m1no, Allan Jaworski, Pearl Lefkovits, Jet Lowe Tom Manteuffel, Abby Mise mer, Kay Moller, Mary Lou Phillip:, Shelley S c b 1 i c k e r, Katie Smith, Cheryl White.


rrk Literary Supplement Volume I, Number 7 Virginity "He fancied himself a homosexual and she believed she was frigid, They were the perfect couple, They had vanity which they had turned into love and they had tmned into each other, which was perfect and very smooth and they were still somehow unwowded. They were walking down a fine, sandy beach at noon in September, thinking that their bodies were free and that their pasts were transparent. They were each quite casually sure that the body and selfish soul of one belonged to the other, though they both crossed in virginity II I'm sitting listening to a winter wind, making fw of school by being quite obsessed with something else which is quite past, Winter always seems to bring a mild desperation which is swnmer's masculine cow terpart and rl.mSopposingly wder another yearofpremature nostalgic glee which fades from one athletic season into :mother and leaves me debating the usual neurasthenic profwdities of sanity and self-destruction, A marvelous time to creat:: from the pleasant past forgotten, some tolerable meaning and benevolent memory by structuring crude events in affected lan guage. There are times during a long winter's desperation of solitary imaginative confinement and freezing lust when one is forced to face his damn soul, or rather one's damn soul arises from the dead or wherever the Hell it comes from and being so called into the role of redeemer, one has no choice but to bravely face his soul and entertain it. So flashing pasthiseyesto a thin and perfect mirror of adolescent fear and approaching triwnph: "Jan Beckett felt her hand which was more his than hers as they walked south on Ontario's curving shore watching small waves lap nervously, not much stimulated by a warm and failing wind." He was and maybe is an attempted combination of puzzling surface cleverness in league with archetypal vagueness with which he surmowted the problems of character in action, especially those particularly described by the stylistic term honesty, by fashioning his observable character after the form of poetry. A character claiming to be rich, full, contradictory and ex-abl t 1 JJDeuJIIOM. Tbe hoary. pUDDIDg domaJD of poetl'y Jl'I'OYiclel the teftelt, fastest and safest release &om the Ulll'eleat1Dg grasp of that whic h keeps telling you it must be tolcl by being able t o state anything ot&right without mw::h danger o f being wderstood b ecause of that terrific and civilize d organization o f o pinions, bia s and. tion known as literature. Man' s glory _JS hiS infm1te prophylactic devices which incl.ude the tmpenetra?le conceptions of content, meanmg, and f orm which can obscure the most obvious and painful nakedness, with the finest and newest of the Emperor's clothes. "Doggedly staged and poetic, Jan Beckett had long thought of hlmself as a role for an actor and felt confidently ready to seue thJS Sl.mnY day as other and final audition. He was determmed to be love which meant he had arranged the private, particulars of his most recent and successful roles mto a functioning appropriate surlace. Always love's greatest puzzle had been how to when you are out of it, 11 In short, he was afra1d. Wina and desperation are damnably c-ly covering and suitable definition for a story 1s that 1t is something which won' t tell itself and. something else be told instead. Whatever _1t IS, 1t comes out from behind the smiling lies (of gtrls1 faces) and that ferocious chastity of honesty which all people use on their surfaces prettmess fails to sustain the illusion of beauty, to msmuate you care-fully out of their pants. "Love was going to nave a lovely to _love love lovingly. Sohewasinlove, a pretty thmg _m the be ginning more foolish than nasty. Rather like an ex t d d 'fascination and substint:ion of one for each In love they lost their sexes and he dream_ed of he; every night in blue \Dltil just her leftwithsummerdying, he was dreammg only colors, a deep, serene blue where the colors no lon.ger f ormed the figures which had played sexually Wlth fast and cinematic overtones. He felt the jagged pr:essure. of a masculinity made o r aborted ott: of dormttory lies and jokes too insanely and wsubtly f1.mny, pass, and she stopped wearing make-up. With winter and wind, while our hero to go one step farther, we remove ourselves, agam, _step further back, in another attempt to be, editonally and royally: ourselves. ul It seems to be the obvious, natural and dreadf course of growing up, older, out, that any abundanc:e of intensity leads to developing a pretty and cated surface, to be played on manfully, ;n evilish sophistication; that as one is forced mto people, way of showing face or rather his (masc;ulme, f person singular) face becomes a o. gamesmanship showingface becomes throwmg dice, any will do, though some win. more often than others and some are labeled wden1ably lucky Welosethe'thinrazor's edge of honesty, or. maybe we onlydemandmorecompensation for touchmg the surface with it. Honesty and humiliation become the poetic virtues. It seems honesty only comes easily Wlth tragedy, and only for a while, before the gashes have become E d ited By Laurie Pauls o n healed or made rowd and smooth and depthless by poetry. And tragedy only comes easily with comedy, with the f1.mny comparison and the sane balance. We only come with ourselves, which is f1.mny but perhaps loses balance, and only with dangerous phantasies. Tragedy, literature's fool, and the beckoning audience'sdarling, is impossible to face. But with eternal simplicity the awkward bow is a saving grace because we don't ever have to look in the face of tragedy with the uptmned and dicing surfaces because it simply effaces us. Because tragedy is more than an ancient and pretty word for trauma. It breaks like daywiththe same wpeculiar, hard regularity throwing us (who is us? which combination?) beyond fear itself into an excruciatingly masculine landscape where roles are sparse and rugged and survival for heroes is not allowed and fools aren't necessary; where the worst blossoms everywhere followed and incorporated into contumely relief. We wonder, as our hero, qualified by a strong sense of personal nobleness, characterized by his friends as a fool with latent tragic tendencies and delusions of inferiority, always having perhaps a little too much sustained irony, too many romantic secrets (already alluded to as pretensions) is trying to shuffle with apparent aimless content, accompanied up his damned doomed dune; just what purging and rectifying value this gentleman shall be rewarded with for his trouble. Tragedy, the aesthetic emetic. "For a while the sexual pressure got dimmer, Beckett was a virgin to humanity too and never suspected it could be fol.Dld in women as they wouldn't have to paint themselves into attractiveness or cling to each other with such triumphant, distrustful, and smooth social success. So he gazed at her eyes, patted her ass, talked had dreams in blue. The talking was dtmple and dll'Cct; of the common and seemingly profound stuff love::find to symbolize for each other what they love m themselves and then exchange, admire, and barter. Honesty, with the razor's sharp edge, was all tant and easy. Everything and too much was admltdr:iW't atil' ui Q rttm May 12, 1967 -smooth, surface, dominated and established by face, round and seemingly endless. Later, better reserved, when honest honesty had become a matter of taste, our hero claimed to have said "I never told a lie wtil I was 18 and never told the truth after, 11 Whether or not he was older or yowgcr than 18 at the time of the declaration has neverbeendecided, But later, much more reserved, when any kind of contradiction between surface and what lay wdemeath had to become bad taste rather than impotent failure, when the ever open and palpitating sensibilities had been so exquisitely disciplined by more and different girls and lots of repetitious skin, he really did wonder where cutting and monotonous libido had been then, For later there was no longer any quested, thrilling honesty chased be neath any surface, and beauty became a fading public concern like prices in the supermarket. "Beckett posed a painful, pretty and impotent pose of vast, almost feminine sensitivity which he released wchecked verbally over his past, which gave it all the reality of a toy. "Then the hard drive came back, slowly at first, like something from the depths. '"May I touch you?'" he said. "'Can you?"' she said. 11 'Not seriously, 111 he answered and laughed. She didn't seem to care, not about that anyway, because of all encompassing love, and being a very clinically perceptive boy, Beckett had determined as well as logically, confirming a strong mtuit1ve notion, that she was a virgin. '"So am I, 111 he said. '"That figures,'" she said, it being her turn laugh. From the depths of their originality they hit upon a common solution, Duringtheircommon mutual mirror-like self-ex cavatioru Beckett had parodied his fears declaiming what he had been taught masculin.i:':Y effectively was. He said tt was hollow and that 1.t had {continued on page 4)


No.8 He stood, no longer a man, Among the Chocolate Easter Bunnies, Watching, as they watched, with golden eyes, He could feel his flesh melting, The chocolate glinting yellow and gold As it dropped, dissolving into ecstatic pools And merging totally with alien chocolates. His form, briefly regained, was lost again As he melted endlessly in the he at of the Sun, Undergoing rapid evolutions at its height, The cycle slowing as it dropped and disappeared, Ceasin!Z under the ourole chill of the Moon, Beneath its sterile glow he felt the chocolate whither; Brittle and frozen, it shrank tight to the protrudjng bone, He saw those around him, grown hard and angular, Their dark flesh stretched thin like the membrane over a bat's wing, Their eyes cold, shining cold electric With green neon glare. Brown and gold no longer mattered: Green neon illw:ninated bone. --SCOTT BAKER Drawing by Mary Blakeley Photograph by David Tekler Maybe a Lesson Something must happen When a college girl sheds her dress in moonlight That seems almost to rise from the unaccustomed Grass, where her feet are losing their shoes to April: When she follows him, in spring, from the known Bed of a friend's apartment, or even a city motel, Comes well-made in her sandals to be made well: Tobehealedto be wounded again in the moon's age. Something must happen Because the night is for the first time wide open And the field full of brickbats is suddenly Rising to meet them like the moon, she seeing His face below her in the weeds as she bends--Her clothing hanging itself on low limbs--Stoops conquered to find what is no longer tenderly Familiar, to lie in moonlust beside one whose face Goes palely afraid in occasional headlights. It is here that the college girl, outdoors, Must leam of the heavy beast waiting for April In her lover to bring it alive, in thickets Where he spreads his shirt for her against the vines: Must leam what it is to be taken quickly, Too quickly, by one beloved gone mad in the moon, Must feel her guts weep in a silent high scream As he rolls off her, as her dress and slip Button magically and they walk from the field, It is probably only in April, only out here, That she can know such pain and return her Desperate gentleness, afterwards, the moon holding itself Stock still in the rising trees, cars gunning their motors, He, already forgetting the whole thing, and she: She, beginning to be race-old. --HElEN HICKEY Near-Accident The wheels sp1m like seconds, but the whole car was hours in the arriving, arriving, arriving, its massive, death-granting power awesome in its actual density, the important, indifferent driver fascinated out his left window by flowers, but I jw:nped back, alive! I haven't had another chance since. --wnLIAM HEDRINGTON Photograph by D avid T ekler


Swing The boy swings backward up, The world is ordered when he stops, Holds home solid at the top--But it dissolves when he dives down, Drives insanely at the ground, Gathers all the speed he gains, And smashes law and gravity To see the sorcery of sky, The alchemy of anarchy. HEDRINGTON --WIIllAM Child of Cali Smooth and unmarked is the child's thin face, But his eyes reflect an old man's blunted sight. Already they have known the bitter rind Of hollow days. They ask, but do not hope, And thus belie the small, expectant hand, Held out open to the sidewalk stranger, Whose eyes arc stemly focused far ahead. At night, when darl
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