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DAVID P KOZINSKI: All So Long And So Soon Over
DAVID P KOZINSKI : Current Events, History & Me
TERRY LOWENSTEIN : A Kaleidoscope of Days

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All So Long And So Soon Over

At the end of a windowless hall I find anxiety to drown in and the recklessness it shoves me onto like a raft on rocking, black water. No wonder I spent so much recreating littlest pockets of pleasure. It must be the forest green sweater and under that her red camisole and rubbery nubs, a snip of ribbon at her ponytail, corduroys snug against her ass, her pantyhose sighing like a second skin as I tugged the cuffs; fragrance of damp, end-zone grass; the roughness of it. What a kick she gave, and a shudder and a gasp when I hit the spot. I feel it in my shoulders like a shotgun recoil in replay after replay, overriding the I’m sorrys and wasted sunrises. But in the beginning there we were drifting to a white sea. I turned to the pillow and exhaled, “Life, it’s so long,” and she laughed gently. “Between the good parts, ‘s all.”

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Current Events, History & Me 

Who idled in a floating chaise on that gurgling, warmed water?, gin/tonic cozied in the arm, a copy of Burning In Water, Drowning In Flame wilting in his lap, fig-leafing the bulge in his trunks – inappropriate enough to make Bukowski puff or pissed off the book went for 50¢ at the library sale. Did I lift my glass to the last of the graying leaves as the southern swirl met the cold fronts, as buildings collapsed and the retreat began? • • • • This blimp of a man, a flotation device perhaps or a new Governor Printz but reckless in speech and arrogant as a skyscraper’s extended middle finger seems almost likeable now, this big butt stuffed into a child’s chair describing how Storm Sandy howled and left nothing on one property but the kidney-shaped pool – the house sucked into splinters and redistributed to land and sea. • • • • Young America, toothy and muscular, cannon balled into everyone’s ponds and reemerged before the ripples even slowed, looking only ahead. At Normandy the men were weighed down by the things they carried off the LCVPs and some drowned while their buddies bloodied the beaches. The story goes a warlord congratulated the British commander on his arrival in Afghanistan then asked him how he proposed to get out.

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A Kaleidoscope of Days

Yesterday open windows and screen doors were as common as clothes on a line. Summer meant hopscotch, bike riding or roller skating. We savored ice cream, popsicles and picnics. The sun's haze wove magic. Dreams rode soap bubbles that floated on laughter. Secrets were whispered among cousins who lived, just houses away. Best friends shared pinwheel days of youthful energy, and hours were busy as we tested our life's boundaries . Then imagination ruled even as ice cubes melted in a glass, and fireflies floated in the air. Perhaps, this is why we didn't notice, the dog days of summer wag by.

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In KOZINSKI's poem "Current Events, History & Me" LCVP stands for “Landing craft vehicle personnel” which were used to bring assault forces to land at the Normandy beaches. Also known as 'Higgins boats', they were built of concrete.

Whereas the peoples of the United Nations have in the Charter reaffirmed their faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person and in the equal rights of men and women and have determined to promote social progress and better standards of life in larger freedom, ¶ 5, Preamble, UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS