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Acrobats

MARCH/APRIL 2013: POETRY by Otto Selles Blame the blanketed lake and the pale sky for offering no sense of direction— no definition of where snow should fall. But maybe snow of this cottonball kind is itself at fault and suffers from an unsure sense of the snow's true vocation to pile up by falling down. This snow prefers putting on a show somersaulting on a flying trapeze mocking any need for a net below. Otto Selles lives with his wife…
Otto Selles
March 1, 2013
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Matins

APRIL 2012: POETRY by Otto Selles Before the alarm, before the reminders about lunches, band, the dentist, and soccer, I slip out of bed and watch the kettle boil to life. I greet the toast tenderly, and the jam, once again, surprises, so sweet, so sticky. Through the kitchen window I sense the sullen pine tree fenced between the garage and the power lines. I sip, chew, and cast a thought into the dark, or rather a question about the…
Otto Selles
April 1, 2012
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Church of the ServantGrand Rapids, Michigan

Church of the Servant traces its origins back to a late-'60s fellowship that started experimenting with folk styles of worship in an abandoned Christian school building in inner-city Grand Rapids. It proved so appealing over the next twenty years that, after renting a number of other facilities around town, it finally built its own. This is a low-profile structure with multicolored exterior walls and a curving glass entry-way, like a modern school building or a new library, located off a…
Otto Selles
February 1, 2010