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Soul Food

SOUL FOOD. This is where you feed the right side of your brain.  Poetry, short stories, music, artists gallery, video clips.

Anything That Stretches You

Posted by on Nov 14, 2012 in Poetry, SOUL FOOD | 1 comment

Anything That Stretches You

Anything That Stretches You Robert was rather attractive but didn’t have much between the ears. It became apparent early on that he had little chance of passing without special help. Bless his heart, he accepted my offer, and in my office we re-wrote every paper. He was there faithfully. His next paper written all by himself wouldn’t be that much better, nor is mine necessarily, but we worked and we worked and we worked. Near the end of the semester, Robert got just enough better to pass that course with a C-minus, which was the...

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If I Were Wrong

Posted by on Oct 29, 2012 in Poetry, SOUL FOOD | 1 comment

Scribbled in my makeshift journal during the wee hours of one morning.   If I were wrong; You would salute me An upright Christian man. If I were wrong; A wife by my side Pitter-patter of tiny feet. If I were wrong; A closet A piece of furniture. If I were wrong; Being gay Means I am happy. If I were wrong; The cup of prayerful tears Barren, parched, forsaken. If I were wrong; You would call me Human. If I were wrong; You would think me Normal. If I were wrong; You would give me Keys to heaven. But if I were wrong, Would I have known...

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My Phat Status

Posted by on Oct 26, 2012 in Art & Photography, SOUL FOOD | 1 comment

My Phat Status

    GREG WHITE is an Oklahoma City-based illustrator who specializes in children’s book illustration and character design. He enjoys writing, filmmaking, rock climbing and unsuccessfully developing his telekinetic abilities. Visit Greg’s website,...

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Swim Cinema

Posted by on Oct 24, 2012 in Short Stories, SOUL FOOD | 6 comments

Swim Cinema

The sassy saga of Dot & Dash continues …   “Good morning, Dottie,” Amy said.  “There’s a package on your desk.  Sorry, but I opened it before I realized it was from your brother.” “Is it ticking?” Dottie asked as she sailed past her secretary and into her office. Amy laughed and followed Dottie in and placed a tall mug of steaming coffee on her desk. “What is it?” Dottie asked and lifted the pink tissue paper from the box.  “What’s he up to now?  Ooh, what weird sunglasses.” “Actually, they’re 3D glasses.” “3D?” “And...

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My Phat Status

Posted by on Oct 8, 2012 in Art & Photography, SOUL FOOD | 0 comments

My Phat Status

    GREG WHITE is an Oklahoma City-based illustrator who specializes in children’s book illustration and character design. He enjoys writing, filmmaking, rock climbing and unsuccessfully developing his telekinetic abilities. Visit Greg’s website,...

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Om on the Range

Posted by on Oct 2, 2012 in Short Stories, SOUL FOOD | 12 comments

Om on the Range

The sassy saga of Dot & Dash continues …   “Dottie, I know you’re there.  I can hear you doing crunches,” Dashiel sang into his sister’s answering machine.  “Come on, sweetie, pick up.” “I wasn’t doing crunches,” she snapped after grabbing the receiver.  “I’m watching Jeopardy.” “Feeling superior?” “Somewhat.  So, what’s up?  How are you?  Where are you?” “In New York.” “You’re back and you haven’t picked up your dog yet?” Dottie glanced across her living room to her brother’s Pomeranian as it licked itself on her sofa....

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Destruct Destroy

Posted by on Sep 16, 2012 in Poetry, SOUL FOOD | 0 comments

Destruct Destroy

destruct destroy the damaged goods the wolves called man are running fast and blank their eyes cut the mother her brown blood dripping pooling at their heels the roughshod feet  rip and gouge her tender face and the four footed bound away to hide and stare at bloody humans with a gun with grenades or a shovel weapons of war that make the earth a barren garden of blasted landscape choked with the debris of our greed    greed for her tender bones for her lovely standing people that gather in groves and shade her face  greed for her space the...

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A Faithless Revelation

Posted by on Sep 16, 2012 in Short Stories, SOUL FOOD | 0 comments

A Faithless Revelation

 = for F.R.P., who is still at war = The name on the door pierced him with guilt. But the church—perhaps the last vestige of Catholicism left in what is now Chinatown—appeared when he was most in need of penance. Though he would not self-identify as a Christian and had never been a Catholic, his sin drove him, with its emptiness and its immense weightlessness, toward the despair of the unpardonable. The tears that had burst out of him down by City Hall turned his baby face to raw hamburger, and he wandered in a daze through the stinking...

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Unday Runch

Posted by on Sep 16, 2012 in Short Stories, SOUL FOOD | 14 comments

Unday Runch

The Dot & Dash Chronicles is a series of humorous episodes about adult twins, Dot & Dash Hammond.  Dot is a straight — and straight-laced — executive, and Dash is gay and suffering angst over every aspect of his life.  Dash eventually experiences an epiphany that creates positive changes in his own life which radiate exponentially to family and friends.   “Ms. Hammond, your brother’s on line one.” Dottie Hammond swallowed a mouthful of air. “Did you tell him I was in?” “Um…yes. Do you want me to take a message?”...

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I Still Wear My Youth, and others

Posted by on Sep 16, 2012 in Poetry, SOUL FOOD | 0 comments

I Still Wear My Youth, and others

I still wear my youth I still wear my youth enough so that I’m recognized on the street and in my home, a ruddy cheeked Christian boy, skin thin, soul safe as his secrets. I am a pine talisman to him— his hope and his chagrin— who bore me around his neck who wore me out, to church beneath his Jesus collared tee. I carry him in my shoulders curled, down thin gay finger lengths, and eyebrows raised on days I don’t know who wears whom anymore, kneeling as we trade prayers.   Washing Order Back when we were a bathing race men drew their...

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