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Coney Island Boardwalk

You were once broken in two by the River Styx, and I pulled you from the iceberg and called you Father.

To the left, down the Champs-Elysees, the children sing Christmas carols to jack-o-lanterns; the jackrabbits whisper secrets to us as we dance; you push me down the street and I can’t stop before I bleed like a tree.

We gallivanted as champions, the berth of a nation slaughtering our Lithuanian disposition for hospice.

Napkins are for the weak.

You never listened when I tried to tell you what Sister Ray said; it was absurd.

You told me I sounded like all my poetry was composed on a windowsill; I wrote that down on a bicycle.

The Bob Dylan concert was canceled, so I sniffed bleach as the closet rotated.

Sometimes when the clouds grow tired of Dorothy, she asks for another puma with whom to consort; the trees are full of anthills.

There are no mirrors, there is no glass, I moved the lawn two inches to the left and collected my bounty.

Cold Winter

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David W. Pritchard is a poet, playwright, and philosopher. He received his B.A. from American University, where he double majored in literature and theatre arts. He is working on his M.F.A. in poetry at U-Mass Amherst. His play "Variations on an Umbrella" was performed in a 2010 student theatre festival at Gettysburg College.

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Born in Bucharest, Romania, Mina spent her childhood in theatre, amongst preparing actors, dusty props and costumes, and most summers by the Black Sea, capturing the world with her plastic panoramic camera. Fascinated by movies and cinematography, she frames the world in overexposed imagery that reflects the luminosity of her vision. Since her move to NYC, she fell irreversibly in love with Coney Island, a subject that has been the center of her work for the past 3 years. She was a featured artist of the Greenpoint Gallery in Brooklyn and is a member of Norfolks NYC Art Collective. Her site is Minagraphy.com.

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