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WINTER 2021-22

 

Edward Mycue

THE HIGHER, DARKER MYSTERIES

The problems of the world are potentially solvable. It is when we approach the higher, darker mysteries that we experience difficulties.

                        Ortega y Gasset

Disparate yellow beautiful dreamers, we learned our ways through shades of

malaria, sleeping sickness, deaths, smaller worries about green mamba

snakes falling from shallow-rooted rain forest trees onto lorries I’d ridden

through the Kumasi kingdom to its far west district at the wall border of the

Ivory Coast of the Brong-Ahafo or north in the savannahs eddying past control

As in blindness and the attraction where the mind exists in ideal landscapes.

Edward Mycue was born in Niagara Falls, New York, raised in Texas from age 11, Arlington State University and North Texas State University degrees, Lowell Fellow at Boston University, WGBH-TV Boston intern, Macdowell Colony Fellow, Peace Corps teacher in Ghana, and taught American Literature at International Peoples College (Elsinore, Denmark).  His publications include Damage within the Community (1973), Nightboats (2000), and The San Francisco Poems (UK, forthcoming)