Issue 2.3

Fall 2022
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Deborah Bernhardt

A Mend Meant

Once upon a fox. The past riot act. Giant favored by monsters like glib scooter and wrong rover. Only potato friar russet fine gold voted to banish the giant. Sunset clause the energy star of powers limited and randy rainbow’s grand sang jingoism jingoism jingoism all the way. Endlessly orange matryoshka now lies nesting inside lies inside lies. Rose a kitten in every flowerpot ever after.

Deborah Bernhardt is the author of Echolalia (Four Way Books) and Driftology (New Michigan Press/DIAGRAM).

Deborah's Book Recommendations

These books influenced "A Mend Meant":

Madeleine Aktypi’s Fodd, Fodder
Harryette Mullen’s Muse & Drudge
Srikanth Reddy’s Facts for Visitors

Cole Swensen’s Art in Time

Mónica de la Torre’s Repetition Nineteen

Reflection

In an early version of “A Mend Meant,” Sunset Clause performs a card trick:


heart hears sears spars spare spade


In the current version, some nouns are also several hops from their counterparts—à la Alice B.
Toklas as “ale less.”