Magazine February 10, 2020, Issue

Holiday Special

The Sinclair Dino balloon hovers above the crowd during the 93rd Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City, November 28, 2019. (Brendan Mcdermid/Reuters)

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade stops
right in front of us, as my wife props
our new baby at her breast to feed.
The printouts on our bracelets read
Monday’s date. A daisy on the breakfast tray.
Our window refuses all L.A.;
it wouldn’t open for God. Giant balloons sift
through New York’s light rain and lift
the planet ever so slightly, as if cheating
a scale. I’m safe in here, eating
my carryout cafeteria omelette, excused
from work and under a spell induced
by the lack of routine. A backward Proust,
I bask in forgetting my life before today.

Rex Wilder is the author of Open Late: New and Collected Poems (Chatwin Books), and Boomerangs in the Living Room and Waking Bodies (both Red Hen Press).

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The ‘Rough Sex’ Problem

John Broadhurst, a 41-year-old multi-millionaire from the United Kingdom — convicted of “manslaughter by gross negligence” after he killed his 26-year-old girlfriend Natalie Connolly during so-called “rough sex” — will walk free after serving only half of his 44-month sentence. Like many countries, ... Read More
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