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Winter / Spring 2012


 

I.B. Rad

 

Driving Through Picture Post Cards

Touring one charming locale after another
is remarkably compelling
and even though 
driving through picture post cards
is a voyeur's existence
you hardly notice 
you're not relating to anyone.
It's something like strolling through a museum
- landscapes instead of relationships.
 
 
 2012 I.B. Rad

 

Hypatia*

Besides backing Alexandrian prefect, Orestes,
in opposition to archbishop Cyril,
Hypatia also inflamed Cyril's disciples
by being an acclaimed pagan
who flouted her proper "woman's place,"
so irate Christians dragged her to their church;
then, for a touch of piety,
tore her limb from limb
and burned her remnants in the street -
an early though effective form of censorship.
            

*Mathematician, astronomer, philosopher, exquisite Hypatia (370? - 415 AD)
was head of the Neoplatonist school of philosophy in Alexandria, Egypt.
Her death was mourned in the ancient world and she remains a potent symbol today.

 
 2012 I.B. Rad

 



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