Pasatiempo - - In Other Words -

In­side the hive Each Septem­ber brings a new is­sue of the an­nual Santa Fe Lit­er­ary Re­view, a mix of vis­ual art, po­etry, prose and fic­tion. The 2010 is­sue crack­les with a wide mix of con­trib­u­tors, in­clud­ing 17-year-old Rita Fe­in­stein, whose short story “Tues­day” fol­lows a teenage pro­tag­o­nist who awk­wardly and hu­mor­ously se­duces a class­mate who also hap­pens to be a glammed-up bi­sex­ual waiter-Lothario at The Atomic Grill. In the poem “The Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor Sur­veys His Do­main,” Bill O’Neill, the for­mer chief of the New Mex­ico Ju­ve­nile Pa­role Board pushes through an in­tel­lec­tu­ally hon­est ex­am­i­na­tion of his life’s work — “of botched child­hoods held to­gether by/the bong life, the gang life & the sheer/majesty of teenage fire.” Devon Miller-Dug­gan, a Push­cart-nom­i­nated poet, takes an ele­giac look at the pass­ing of the last vet­eran of the fa­mous World War I Christ­mas truce, in which Bri­tish and Ger­man troops ob­served an un­prece­dented Christ­mas Day cease-fire, “We mourn the world you lived through, where, briefly,/war gave way to in­can­des­cence.” On the vis­ual-arts front, the cover paint­ing by Lea Bradovich de­light­fully reimag­ines the a bee colony’s queen as a woman painted by Bot­ti­celli. On Thurs­day, Sept. 30, sev­eral of the an­thol­ogy’s writ­ers read their prose and po­etry at 5:30 p.m. in the Je­mez Room at Santa Fe Com­mu­nity Col­lege (6401 S. Richards Ave). For more in­for­ma­tion, call 428-1816.

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