selected past writing at 42opus


The Oath of Hippocrates by  HIPPOCRATES

I will follow that system of regimen which, according to my ability and judgment, I consider for the benefit of my patients, and abstain from whatever is deleterious and mischievous.

24 November 2005 | nonfiction, classic, translation, science writing


The Poem: Balm for Twenty-First-Century Wounds by HUGH OGDEN

The outside is the inside in poetry and the poem.

2 June 2004 | nonfiction, essay


We are taught to take care of each other, by DANTE WOO

We are taught to take care of each other, that families are harsh places where people will tell you that you're fat or old looking, but also where those same folks will stand by you.

2 March 2002 | poetry, prose poem


Tickets, Please by D. H. LAWRENCE

To ride on these cars is always an adventure. Since we are in war-time, the drivers are men unfit for active service: cripples and hunchbacks. So they have the spirit of the devil in them. The ride becomes a steeple-chase. Hurray! we have leapt in a clear jump over the canal bridges—now for the four-lane corner. With a shriek and a trail of sparks we are clear again. To be sure, a tram often leaps the rails—but what matter!

19 August 2007 | fiction, short story, classic


Dear with Extremes of Thirst and Pain by ADRIAN LURSSEN & SUSAN TICHY

First eyelids and lips are closed, then open. Now, open eyes appear unseeing. A kind of dreaming.

For thousands of years people have carried their faces this way, one by one, only on their heads.

Under these conditions nothing is harder to control than reason. You babble without speaking,

march into the desert without water. We will die tomorrow, the day after at the latest.

14 December 2007 | poetry, collaboration

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