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046.2: The Offending Adam:: A Moment of Rest
15 December 2010
To those readers who have faithfully read along with us for forty-six issues, and to those readers who have just arrived for the first time, we thank you for making this first year of publication successful and enjoyable. With the holidays fast approaching, and friends and family taking time out of their busy lives to enjoy a few moments of rest and community, we here at The Offending Adam are likewise hitting the pause button so that we can fully enjoy the holiday season. Fear not, though, dear readers: TOA returns with punch and power Monday, January 24. Until then, here are a selection of works that we have published in 2010, to either read for the first time if you missed them, or to rediscover.
002.1: Sasha Steensen:: Here’s a little story: & Storybook & Be Long
8 February 2010
A confession is not just an admission of truth. A confession pulls the listener into a close relationship with the confessor. We share in the burden of the truth and the story. Sasha Steensen's poems, instead of marking the boundary between herself and reader, incorporate us into her story: "writer was— we were— / in a family / how its means / meant you’ve been there too." By reading the poems, we have agreed to share her burden, and Steensen shifts that burden onto our shoulders: "will you hear your head say: / you belong to this family, / and you should know it. / Not just know it, understand it. / Accept it" until we as readers become inextricable from the poems: "They will wonder if you’ll be coming back, / and they will worry about how to fill the space / you once filled."