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Stories & Essays
'57 Chevy
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By Gary Moshimer
A Visit to India From America...
_ By Shubha Venugopal
Calista Flockhart and the MySpace Hoax
_ By Michael Frissore
Recollections and Revelations
_ By Elizabeth Harbaugh
Springtime Visits
_ By Phyllis Link
Stupendous Stew
_ By Malerie Yolen-Cohen
The Genius
_ By Ray Templeton
The Stranger Below
_ By Sam Vargo
Truant
_ By Louise Norlie
Vacation
_ By Dan Devine
Vegetarian Rage
_ By John A. Ward
What Might Pass Between Them
_ By Alexandra Leake

Poetry
A Glutton For Truth
_ By Richard Fein
A Question of Proper Form
_ By Richard Fein
Boiler Man
_ By Leland Jamieson
Horizons
_ By Davide Trame
Lioness In Miniature
_ By Grace M. Murray
Outdone
_ By Pete Lee
Real Life Elocution
_ By Richard Fein
Rewriting An Ending
_ By Rumit Pancholi
September
_ By Tim Shell
Seven Ways of Looking at a Full Moon
_ By Naiya Wright
Shalom
_ By Jeanne Hugoe-Matthews
Sideways
_ By Kristine Ong Muslim
Spirit
_ By Patrick Frank
The Empty Spaces After You
_ By Rumit Pancholi
Thesaurus
_ By Ed Higgins
Uncle Zebulon
_ By J.R. Salling

Art & Photography
Dora Calo
Robert Carter
Noah Erkes
Andrew Patsalou
Saulius
Filip Wierzbicki

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A Question of Proper Form
By Richard Fein


Hanged or hung, I keep forgetting
which form is proper in educated society.
The half-naked man dangles at the end of a rope.
The tree is oak or maybe maple.
And the black & white photo is very creased
so I can't make out all the faces,
except some of them are grinning.

Is it hanged or hung? This question really bugs me.
I recall Miss Mofty writing this sentence on the schoolroom blackboard,
"I hung a picture of the murderer being hanged on the scaffold."
So it's probably hanged - or maybe not.
(Miss Mofty loved to teach about scaffolds and electric chairs.)

Legality dictates the form.
When in old England starving pickpockets were executed
or today in some death-devout country
a woman is killed for being too much a woman
or a man choked for speaking his mind
the proper verb form is hanged,
especially when accompanied by pomp, circumstance,
and the reading of an impeccably drafted death warrant.

Therefore hung describes what takes place
in this nineteenth century photo of a lynching.
Except a large crease runs through the battered face of the dead man
down to a grinning man standing in the crowd.
And that man in the crowd sports both Stetson and sheriff's badge.

Since the law smiles on this event,
hanged and not hung must be the proper form,
when I address erudite audiences such as yourselves.

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RICHARD FEIN was Finalist in The 2004 Center for Book Arts Chapbook Competition. He has been published in many web and print journals, such as Oregon East Southern Humanities Review, Touchstone, Windsor Review, Maverick, Parnassus Literary Review, Small Pond, Kansas Quarterly, Blue Unicorn, Exquisite Corpse, and many others. He also has an interest in digital photography.

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