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Issue #214 (Masculinity, Imperialism): “Forget the stains”

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I thought about what she said about Kronos. I thought about our slaves and the way beats smeared red against our table. I thought about her and the things we laughed around, and how the way he looked at her had sparked jealousy although she swore nothing would ever happen again. 

     I don’t have the time for people like that, she had said, joking to ignore the minutes, hours, days they had spent together; where they had vacationed, and how they had acted, together, growing before I had met them, at Plato’s talk. I knew I owned her, now, and yet the reminder of that material possession did little to assuage my insecurities over time.  
 *
     There isn’t a minute that doesn’t pass when I don’t think of her, he said. Naked. 
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     That’s my wife you’re talking about. 
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     And don’t you think of her naked? he asked.
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 *
I thought about the way your body reacts and your mind’s inclination to refrain or to indulge in the trained reaction, to fight. I thought about the slaves and the way that the beets had stained the floor – how noticeable it was if you took the time to look in the right places.
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The thing about my thoughts, I thought, was that if I focused enough on the one thing – her neck, the sun, my jealousy- you could forget about all the uncomfortable things. 
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     She told me your situation is like shriveled cabbage, I said, posturing.  
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word by Liam Lachance, a writer in our upcoming live art event!

colour by Pichi&Avo

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