selected past writing at 42opus


A Review of Victor Pelevin's The Helmet of Horror: The Myth of Theseus and the Minotaur by SPENCER DEW

Reading this novel renders one a fly on a digital wall, listening in as half-baked undergraduates urgently chat about everything from the role of repressed postwar frustration as a motivating factor for tentacle-rape manga porn to whether the word "beige" can signify the same thing to two people in two places. All of which, in less skilled treatment, could be unbearable, but Pelevin's secret is pacing.

25 November 2006 | nonfiction, review, review of fiction



Or let the answer be

that sweet scent of smoke

when in his special chair

he puffed then let out hummingbirds.

16 November 2009 | poetry


Monologue of the Betrayed Woman After Reading Anne Carson by KEITH MONTESANO

10. Do grapes feel that sweet while crushing them barefoot? Should I have made love like she did—sticky, swelled, then bursting?

6 November 2005 | poetry, prose poem


some hazards of the course by TONY MANCUS

I wish I could make you come

near, not worrying about fish or what your father

might think about the size of whatever's in anyone's pants. Our skin

peeling back like winter's slow walk across a continent.

10 July 2007 | poetry


Unfinished Fences by DENNIS BARTON

Barbed wire feels good sliding down the throat.

Coated in frost, barbs pierce un-gloved flesh, rotting posts.

Wire dangles into snow.

18 October 2008 | poetry

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