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Review: Becoming the Villainess

Transmitted on Tuesday, April, 14th, 2009 in Reviews

Becoming the Villainess
Jeannine Hall Gailey
Steel Toe Books
2006

Coming across Jeannine Hall Gailey’s Becoming the Villainess is like coming upon a lush, sprawling field of wheatgrass while exploring the dark side of the moon:  so unexpected and refreshing that one wonders whether or not their O2 tank has been poisoned.

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Set, Egyptian God of Darkness and Evil, Speaks of Job Reassignment, Past Lives and Love:

Transmitted on Monday, April, 13th, 2009 in Heroes & Myth , Poetry

Set, Egyptian God of Darkness and Evil,
Speaks of Job Reassignment, Past Lives and Love:

(Interviewer’s Notes:  If he had demanded my blood, my death,
if he had demanded anything, I wouldn’t be consumed by melancholy.)

I’ve bathed in black, called up the Jackal God
for you. I’ve come as storms. I’ve ravished skies,
carved up your Nile, ate fishermen and priests,

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An Open Letter from the Supervillain the Red Skull

Transmitted on Monday, April, 13th, 2009 in Captain America , Heroes & Myth , Poetry

An Open Letter from the Supervillain the Red Skull

And what if I went away? Gave up my vintage SS wardrobe?
What if I disassembled the repulsor rays, the secret submarines
I keep beneath arctic waters for rainy days and spontaneous
governmental coups? What if I set free my standing army?
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Upon Visiting the Veterans Hospital

Transmitted on Monday, April, 13th, 2009 in Captain America , Heroes & Myth , Poetry

Upon Visiting the Veterans Hospital
(Steve Rogers)

Even if a man has been chopped down
to leglessness and lingering, worshiping
at the altar of what used to be, he is not without
his will to be so incomplete and gnawed—
so human—that he cannot unwrap the bandages
on his dangling hand and, with groaning
effort and malice, offer up his middle finger— Dive deeper…


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