“Triplicate” © Edward Michael Supranowicz

 

How to Read a Circular Book

…craving, craving, craving,
it was the best of times if you read between the lines,
it was the worst of times if you read between the lines,
craving, craving, craving,
we the readers of the United States,
in order to form a more perfect understanding
of what it means to read between the lines,
craving, craving, craving,
literary theorists shall make no law
respecting an establishment of singular interpretation,
or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;
or abridging the freedom to read between the lines,
craving, craving, craving,
reading between the lines does not delight in confusion
but rejoices with the truth,
craving, craving, craving,
there is nothing either good or bad between the lines
but thinking makes it so,
craving, craving, craving,
as the reader awoke one morning from troubled dreams,
he found himself transformed
into something that could only be deciphered
by reading between the lines,
craving, craving, craving,
she would’ve been a good reader if there had been somebody there
forcing her to read between the lines every minute of her life,
craving, craving, craving,
what we talk about when we talk about reading between the lines,
craving, craving, craving,
I am he as you are he as you are me and we are all
reading between the lines,
desperately craving,
fearfully craving,
maddeningly craving,
that’s one small step for man,
one giant leap for those who know how to read between the lines,
craving this, craving that, craving more…

 

J. Martin Strangeweather is the Chief Executive Prognosticator & Oneiric Director of Thaumaturgical Research for the Santa Ana Literary Association. He believes we are often mistaken about what we believe.

Edward Michael Supranowicz is the grandson of Irish and Russian/Ukrainian immigrants. He grew up on a small farm in Appalachia. He has a grad background in painting and printmaking. Some of his artwork has recently or will soon appear in Fish Food, Streetlight, Another Chicago Magazine, The Door Is a Jar, The Phoenix, and other journals. Edward is also a published poet.