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Dylan Thomas: Getting One Big Thing Right

NOVEMBER 2008: ESSAY by Robert Lowes I don't like walking around by myself in dark buildings late at night, but there I was in my church's basement at 9 p.m., lugging sacks of loaves and pastries that a restaurant had donated to our food pantry. A harsh solitary light revealed the leftovers of a rummage sale we had held to benefit another of our ministries, a homeless shelter. Books, clothes, toys, and what-have-you were bagged, boxed, and awaiting delivery to…
Robert Lowes
November 15, 2008
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The Dance of the Man on the Warning Sign

OCTOBER 2008: POETRY by Robert Lowes I slip on a glaze of water. I touch a hot wire and hop. When the bar of the gate descends on my head, I stagger and throw up my hands. The dance of the man on the warning sign. Attention. Achtung. Cuidado. Kids giggle and slap their knees at my stick anatomy, the skeleton of human error, the clown of consequence. The dance of the man on the warning sign. Attention. Achtung. Cuidado.…
Robert Lowes
October 16, 2008
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Daughter’s Breakfast

MAY 2007 by Robert Lowes Living from one cracked egg in the frying pan to another, one peeled orange to another, I finger my way along a rosary strand of chores and mutter, "Don't forsake me, Father," as the toaster inwardly reddens with fine rage and the garbage grinder roars for the newly damned. I flip first thing to the obituary page of the morning paper, news I understand, because everyone is eulogized by a job: forty years of selling…
Robert Lowes
May 16, 2007