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Joshua Leach
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In Quotes: Talking Turkey After Four Years
"Twas just this time, last year, I died," quoth the bird, accusatorially (citing Dickinson -- more on this practice below) -- for indeed, the third anniversary of Six Foot Turkey came the previous June and went, I fear, unremarked by me, such that it feels ...

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Cross-Postings
My final column in the church newsletter: Memories This past Christmas I embarked on a project that has been on our family’s bucket list for years, and that I don't think any of us ever actually expected to see get done: namely, transcribing all of our old ...

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Five Poems
I. The moment I knew In my strange youth That I was sure to come To no good Was the day I was left In the presence of An item known As Bass Clef. Here was, above all, A cruel instrument –   Just when it     Had seemed (Let’s see… G reat… B ig… D reams…) Tha...

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God's Army 2: States of Grace (2005): A Review
From the morass of products of most questionable quality that is LDS cinema, the work of Richard Dutcher juts upward like a monumental rock face. Here at last is sublimity. Here is art. I believe this statement is uncontroversial, even among Mormons, for wh...

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Three Poems
Laika Space dog of Moscow, In my school books I learned That you orbited the earth – yet I never   asked  how you returned. I learned only late,   in my twenty-seventh
year That you didn’t survive at all --  My God, the fear You must have felt then, in hund...

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The Meaning of Life: A Provisional Assessment
People can't really mean what they say when they ask for the meaning of life. Words have meanings in relation to the objects to which they refer, and we already know what the thing is that corresponds to "life" -- well, I don't know -- but definitions can p...

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Poem
Lo yon college student Who defined for me The word ‘acoustic’   After dropping it Not quite casually. I suppose he thought As I did,   and countless others before us, That because before our present state We were none the wiser Then none of those Outside th...

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Cultural Revolution
I suppose it did seem It was time For a turn Of Fortuna's wheel I did feel I had been insufficient brave In defense of fallen comrades Much time had been spent In laying the path to courage   For facing the enemy Yet the only need for it came, As it always ...

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Cross-Postings
From the church newsletter for May: "Agency" At the beginning of last month, we completed our yearlong discernment to become a sanctuary congregation. I could not be more thrilled to have been a part of it during my internship. We made a choice to live into...

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Freedom
Every time I see some customer in line Hectoring the barista, say, about how little lime There is in this selzer Or how this mocha was supposed to be Extra hot, and have More foam   Than usual But not this much I find My mind goes back to an interview I onc...
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