Volume 11, Number 1

Excerpt

The Leader

I looked in the mirror
and said “what a moron”
which felt vaguely good, but then
an unease as I thought
that moron used to mean
a someone, a person,
a sluggish, dull person who can do
routine work under supervision,
and can be happy with tasks too simple
and monotonous to satisfy an intelligent person,
and what else can I call myself, an idiot,
a man, according to the ancient Greeks,
who held no office, who owned nothing,
with implications of great feebleness,
with seething condemnation, these names,
these cruel references to unfortunate creatures,
there’s no way to call someone a name
without referring to a hurtful past, a meaning
slipped away now but still in the words,
I should not call anyone these old names
at all, the urge itself to call someone
moron is the problem,
and I spit out the toothpaste into the sink
as a warm light filled my head
from a distant, an imaginary pleasure,
a world where I would not have to wake up
and lead.

-Matthew Rohrer



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Contributors

Tim Hurley
M.A. Vizsolyi
Jennifer K. Sweeney
Knar Gavin
Joel Brouwer
Sherrie Flick
Joshua Butts
Julia Shipley
Dan Alter
Jennifer L. Knox
Natalie Taylor
Tod Marshall
Jason Tandon
Kathryn Nuernberger
Steve McNutt
Susan Blackwell Ramsey
Douglas Nordfors
Kim Chinquee
Matthew Rohrer