Issue 108 / Fall 2010

TRANSFORMATION Jennifer Anne Moses Blood into Butterflies       James Doyle Making History       Leslie Haynsworth The Other Girls       J. Matthew Boyleston Viewed from the Keel of a Canoe       Sarah Gordon A Call to Prophecy       Blanche Farley Melanoma       Ted Sanders Assembly       Fred Yannantuono Aardvark       Tasha Cotter Funny, Father Was Graceful       Ian Miller Living Light       Georges-Oliver Chateaureynaud The Bronze Schoolboy       Paul Freidinger The Artist Concentrates the Details of Nothingness       Rion Amilcar Scott Party Animal: The Strange and Savage Case of a Once Erudite and Eloquent Young Man       Patty Hanahoe-Dosch Fleeing Back       Stephen Massimilla Annunciation, Tortuguero (Costa Rica)       Grace Frisone Road Home, A Memoir       James Valvis Transformation

STORIES Gary Gildner If I Could Be With You     Robert Schirmer The Woman Across the Table    Mark Crimmins Slimmer     Kim Hedden The Green Dress    Daniel Meltzer Heads You Lose    Janset Berkok Shami Tangled Dreams    R. M. Kinder A Fragile Life    Alice Denham La Casa de Serena    Dennis McFadden Chickens’ Revenge

POEMS Jim Daniels The Police Academy Recruits Run Laps Around the Slo-Pitch Softball Fields    Teaching the Spider to Fly    Robert Parham A Colleague Returns from a Long Stay in Japan    Annie Boutelle Caravaggio Views Giorgione’s Laura [take one]    Brian C. Billings Guilt Is for the Man Who Kills a Peacock    Chuck Tripi Poem at Sixty-One    Kathleen Kirk Sonatina for Harmonica and Train    Pretending to Be Bad    Stephanie Mendel The Town of Lionel    Steve Myers The Jews of South Africa

ESSAYS AND MEMOIRS E. S. Fletcher The Universe of Eye    Lia Mastropolo Locating the Fault Line



From the editor’s desk

Editor’s Remarks

One might say that the special theme of this issue of Confrontation is over-determined.

Whether we are aware of it or not, we live in a timeof transformation, as distinct from simple, more or less incremental change, a staple of most historical periods and thus much more palatable to human taste. I am thinking, first and foremost, of global climate change—dismissed by many in the United States, intellectually acknowledged by many Europeans, and off the radar screen in still other nations. We have been warned about and are beginning to see its fearful, projected consequences: crop failures, inundation of island nations and low-lying coastal cities world-wide (where hu- man beings for thousands of years have chosen to build settlements), spreading deserts in Africa and China, migrating populations of disease-spreading insects, migrating populations of desperate, poverty- stricken people to richer nations, and the wholesale destruction of species further down on the food chain.

This, it seems to me, is the greatest challenge our species has ever faced—if indeed we come to face it…

Jonna Semeiks