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Radish by Lauren Henley

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Cooking Show by Gary Mesick

Museum of Butter by Carol Jenkins

Two Poems by Crystal Simone Smith

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The Fallacy of Comparisons

by Paul Lieber

November 2014    


I walk with a slice in each hand,
one from Ray’s, the other Joe’s,
down mugger-free 6th avenue
and I could be comparing
Vernal Falls in Yosemite to
Misty Falls in Sequoia, I could
be comparing my high school girl
to my college one, an arm around each, a kiss,
an embrace, an entry with proof
not possible, nothing proved, except
frivolity. There might be parallels
to the fall of Rome on this,
my last day of atheism. The start
of belief in a thin or thick crust with a splash
of red sauce, speckled with parmesan
and a nibble, the slightest nibble
of corn meal, yes a tingle of corn meal
humming in the dough. But wait,
not in either slice, that’s in
Two Boots Pizza on Avenue A.
For now it’s tangy or not, one
with traditional tomato sauce
in one bite while marinara with
garlic is poised in another and
this contest rages with no
winner in sight, but I’m rounding
6th Avenue, heading for Bleeker Street Pizza
where they combine crust not too thin
but on the thin side with a spicy
but not too spicy…. or then again I can
break away from orthodoxy
into a mozzarella rapture
with dervish basil spinning on top,
erupting in an operatic climax.
I swing onto the street in my oven
of anticipation as heavenly bursts
of ricotta, oregano and
the thinnest slices of pepperoni
begin to shower, to pour down
into the belly of Waverly Place.

 



  Paul Lieber’s collection, Chemical Tendencies, published by Tebot Bach, was a finalist in the MSR poetry contest. Paul also received an honorable mention in the Allen Ginsberg Contest. Paul produces and hosts “Why Poetry” on KPFK radio in L.A. and Santa Barbara. Paul’s poems have appeared in The Moth, N.Y. Quarterly, Patterson Review, Askew, Alimentum, and many other journals and anthologies. Paul works as an actor and has performed on and off-Broadway and in numerous films and TV shows. He has worked as an adjunct Professor in Creative Writing at Loyola Marymount University and lives in Venice CA. Visit his website at paullieber.com.

 

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