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Slipstream Issue 42

Slipstream #42 - Bread-Blood-Beats theme issue
80 pages  |  $10.00

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Poetry by: Diane Pohl, Donna M. Davis, Richard Krohn, Mather Schneider, Sara Schraufnagel, Toti O'Brien, John Minczeski, Jonathan Pessant, Alison Stone, Maeghan Mary Suzik, Dan Murphy, Gunilla T. Kester, Terry Godbey, Stephan Benz, Christina Gessler, Alan Catlin, Isabel Mader, Serena Fusek, Jonathan B. Aibel, Lisa Mottolo, Joan E. Bauer, Merna Dyer Skinner, Jay Sizemore, John Schneider, Jill Crammond, Deborah H. Doolittle, Dan Sicoli, Ed Taylor, Elyse Hart, Amanda Rachel Robins, Kate Willoughby, Lenny DellaRocca, Red Hawk, Yvette A. Schnoeker-Shorb, Michael Salcman, Ace Boggess, Dianne Borsenik, Erin J. Peterson, Sarah Bitter, Kathy Winarski, David Bart, Clem Henricson, Colette Tennant, Rohan Buettel, Therese Gleason, James Lineberger, Michael Rogner, Anna Idelevich, Grace Sleeman, Jim Daniels, Livio Farallo, and Robert Cooperman
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Inside art by: Joshua Atlas


Buddah's Not Talking by Robert Okaji Buddah's Not Talking
By Robert Okaji

Robert Okaji holds a BA in history, served without distinction in the U.S. Navy, toiled as a university administrator, and no longer owns a bookstore. His honors include the 2021 riverSedge Poetry Prize, the 2021 Etchings Press Poetry Chapbook Prize, and the 1968 Bar-K Ranch Goat-Catching Championship. He lives in Indiana with his wife, stepson and cat, and his poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Threepenny Review, Crann&‚ÄĆoacute;g, Vox Populi, MockingHeart Review, North Dakota Quarterly, Tipton Poetry Journal, Evergreen Review, The Night Heron Barks, Indianapolis Review, Book of Matches, Slippery Elm and elsewhere.

Buddha may not be talking, but Robert Okaji is—obliquely illuminating personal truths that bounce from the odd angles of his poems. Be prepared to learn a thing or two, such as that a hagfish has multiple hearts, or the Chinese astronomer Gan De glimpsed Jupiter's Ganymede a millenium before Galileo. From an existentially anxious Kermit plucking his banjo to a surreal baby stroller filled with melons in bonnets, Okaji suggests the strange joys of unknowing. In "How To Do Nothing" he reminds us to "eliminate all thought but remember the water...don't ignore the whistling. You must steep the tea."
                                                —Barry Harris, Editor
Tipton Poetry Journal

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