Beyond Babylon

A Global Magazine for Thinking Youth

Month: July 2014

Rice

this is not a time for forks
the weak and hopeless fragments lay about.

hungry and insatiable
pudgy slimy tentacles grab the helpless pieces.

plunged into the void
to satiate and lay with all the other victims. read more

Painted Lady

Painted lady

Turtle
Kay Ryan

Who would be a turtle who could help it?
A barely mobile hard roll, a four-oared helmet,
She can ill afford the chances she must take
In rowing toward the grasses that she eats.
Her track is graceless, like dragging
A packing-case places, and almost any slope
Defeats her modest hopes. Even being practical,
She’s often stuck up to the axle on her way
To something edible. With everything optimal,
She skirts the ditch which would convert
Her shell into a serving dish. She lives
Below luck-level, never imagining some lottery
Will change her load of pottery to wings.
Her only levity is patience,
The sport of truly chastened things. read more

In the Waiting Room

My mother has been in and out of the hospital all summer, so I’ve had plenty of time to observe the people waiting and waiting for news of their loved ones. I wrote this poem a few years ago though, when my father had his turn in surgery. It’s no fun, but raw nerves can be pretty interesting. –MB read more

Armchair Anthropology

EuphoriaEuphoria, by Brookwood graduate Lily King, is the most delicious literary main dish I’ve tasted in a long time. The imagery is rich and sultry, settling on the reader like a blanket of tropical mist. We are transported back in time—the 1930’s—and place, to the South Pacific, where jungle tribes live functionally and far-removed in not-Edens, offering up perfect subjects for curious European and American academics to study. Loosely based on a short period in the life of one of my personal heroes, Margaret Mead, Euphoria reminds us that the world is a giant and incredibly diverse place where trying to understand one another can be fascinating and fun, but also, I’m afraid, sometimes entirely futile. read more

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