Bio Note: I am a regional VP of the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets. In 2018, I received the Lorine Niedecker Award from the Council for Wisconsin Writers. My favorite journals to submit to besides Verse-Virtual are Stoneboat, Blue Collar Review, and Gyroscope Review. My books are available on my website, I think.
Victor Lazlo Arrives in Milwaukee on the Plane from Lisbon
The art museums are all closed; the athletic clubs too, so I head out for a walk in search of some street art. A brick wall along the path wears the freshly painted graffiti tag: Lazlo. I immediately think of Casablanca. In the Michael Curtiz film, Victor Lazlo is the leader of the French resistance. The writers, Murray Burnett and Joan Allison, in their play, Everybody Comes to Rick’s, gave Lazlo the first name, Victor, as if they anticipated the defeat of fascism. But maybe they were just being optimistic. Lazlo leading the patrons of Rick’s Cafe Americaine in the singing of the Marseilles drowning out the Nazi’s Die Wacht am Rhein, is arguably the most powerful scene ever filmed. I imagine that’s why this new Lazlo picked this alias. And we sure could use a new Lazlo leading a resistance movement right now. After all, looks what’s going on in our own Casa Blanca.
On the Deterioration of My Meditative Practice During a Pandemic
It became clear not only that things will never get back to normal it became clear that things have never been normal that what normal would have been had normal ever existed is non-existence that the fundamental question philosophers and physicists have been trying to answer since the dawn of human consciousness is why something exists when nothing should not even nothingness.
©2020 Ed Werstein
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