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W.W.J.D.

by BRYAN D. DIETRICH






          "This is my body," said the man,
          and no one heard above the din
          of plate and pot and serving pan

          save the one who knew the sin
          of lying better than his master,
          knew true teaching could begin

          only when at last catastr-
          ophe'd muddied their sandals some.
          A parable's fast, disaster's faster.

          Stale bread? Bad wine? Quite frankly none
          of these would bring an acolyte
          to give himself for anyone.

          Jor-El, my father, sacrificed
          himself, his world, and all he loved,
          betrayed it, like that other, thrice.

          He knew why Krypton's mantle moved,
          its seashelves sinking, orbit shot.
          His every theory, tested, proved. . . .

          Yet no one guessed but him. His lot
          was silence as he turned away
          to save his son, and, through me, not

          a minor portion of each day
          our race had served beneath our sun,
          our only Rao, which Dad's survey

          had shown would bleed, begin to run,
          at long last blast itself, like me,
          out into void, Rao's will be done.

          On the one hand, host, the other, holy.
          The one, the other's faith and fear.
          It's not the begotten but the "only"

          part of "son" that matters here.
          So, yes, each J. gave up stuff, shed
          some shell to show what should cohere.

          But did he do right? Should he have fled?
          We're told, with rope, one made it good.
          I think, though, like his master did,

          he got hung up on would.










Bryan D. Dietrich's poetry has appeared in The New Yorker, Poetry, Ploughshares, The Paris Review, The Nation, The Harvard Review, The Yale Review, Shenandoah, and many other journals. Winner of The Paris Review Poetry Prize and a "Discovery"/The Nation Award, Bryan has published two books of poems, Krypton Nights and Universal Monsters.




copyright © 2008, Bryan D. Dietrich














      CONTENTS

     

      FICTION


      —An Apotheosis
FORREST AGUIRRE

      —Annabel on the Eighteenth Floor
C. L. BRUSSEL

      —Stuck
JASON ERIK LUNDBERG

      —Rhapsody in Transverse Vibration
MARC SCHUSTER

      —The Red Door
ERIK SECKER

      —Nadya
ZDRAVKA EVTIMOVA

     

      POETRY


      —W.W.F.
BRYAN D. DIETRICH

      —W.W.J.D.
BRYAN D. DIETRICH

      —Several Stories, Single Bound
BRYAN D. DIETRICH

      —Peniel
MICHAEL NEAL MORRIS

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