The Observer

I Pull My Own Weight

June 19, 2011

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By Mike FABANO Contributing Writer Published: March 12, 2009   I pull my own weight I pull my own weight She lifts me forward I keep going on   I pull my own weight through the blood and bones I pull my own weight and me alone She said baby won’t you come on in Tell me please...

Down to the River

June 19, 2011

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By Mike FABANO Contributing Writer Published: March 12, 2009 I went down to the river with good intent I knew that she liked me from past events I hang my head down when I can’t stand being alone in here, being alone with you   I went down to the marketplace to get high I saw some stra...

Relating

June 13, 2011

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By Ashley Wennersherron Managing Editor Published: February 26, 2009 I didn’t think white clapboard buildings existed anymore, but one looms ahead.  My GPS says turn left, as if there were anywhere else to turn in this po-dunk town.  I pull the SUV into a makeshift parking lot next to the small building.  The red dirt of the lot blows against the wall of the funer...

The Exclusivity of Chocolate

June 13, 2011

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By Kelsey Pete Contributing Writer Published: February 26, 2009 I have been told I am not normal, American, female or human.  I have been called an idiot, a liar, and a freak.  It’s been said as a first line, after weeks of knowing someone, and on a few occasions not until years have passed.  When I was you...

A Recipe

June 6, 2011

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By Courtney Fedge, Alex Gaete, Jen Haller, Dan Stein Contributing Writers Published: January 29, 2009 “She’s neither fish nor flesh; a man knows not where to have her. For here comes the Trout, that must be caught with tickling. Master, I marvel how the fishes live in the sea.” “Understanding food to be l...

The Initial Steps in the Synthesis of a Poison

June 6, 2011

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By ALISON MEIGH, BRIGID MORIARTY, KATHLEEN KANE, SERENA RIVERA Contributing Writers Protection and regeneration The bewildering destabilization of the initial state The useless ionization potential Who can define love without definite lines? Negatively charged with acidity Radical conditions produce an aromatic synthesis The first disc...

The Superflous-ness of Language, or What did the Words on the Subway Wall Change?

June 6, 2011

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By DYLAN HOULE Contributing Writer Published: December 11, 2008   Everything said should not be heard For herds tend to follow everything said; Famous Last Words tell us only of death And everything said, from beginning to end, Will not prevent man from encountering death.   Life conceived in language-less passion, and N...

How to Save a Lost Sound

June 6, 2011

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  By DOMINICK CHIARENZA Contributing Writer Published: December 11, 2008 The sounds are all around you. Don’t be frightened. They look forward to finding your ears, and they look forward to being saved by your mind. Sounds will sometimes never reach your ear and they will vanish. Into nothingness. Billions upon billions of orphaned sounds disap...

The Body Guard

June 6, 2011

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By COURTNEY ANDERSON-GALLAGHER Contributing Writer Published: December 11, 2008 The heat of the sun on my face, the beat of a jackhammer, and the burning smell of hot tar arouse my senses again.  My eyes open slightly, but I don’t move.  My body is numb for the moment and I think, “What are they trying to rebuild?” I twitch.  The pain r...

Lobster Dinner Tonight

June 5, 2011

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By Jocelyn Meermans Contributing Writer Published: November 20, 2008 Tim sat next to me at a table facing the Indian Ocean and I felt like a fraud, like we were playing house, as our waitress approached and asked in well-rehearsed English if we were celebrating our honeymoon.  He put his arm around my chair and I said noth...

Prime

June 5, 2011

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(For T.J., 1988-2008) By MEGAN STILLWELL Literary Editor Published: November 20, 2008   You were the first to die, to grasp infinity in its absence, juicebox still in hand. You swung away on Southern Cross, your tiny, democratic sweater wrung around dead, precious neck and every...

Variations on a Variety of Emotions

June 5, 2011

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By CONNIE GLEASON Contributing Writer Published: October 30, 2008   I In the backyard, the dolphins eat shrimp with yesterday’s chopsticks.   II Newspapers fall from the sky, the clipped-out words are indented in my tongue, a road reaching up from my ass to the clit-clat-tit-tap- ...