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from MY SECRET WARS OF 1984

Dennis Etzel Jr.

A phrase of absolutism. A tool / made out of thought. A totalitarian dictatorship over my childhood is over, so now what? A transition from middle to high school, from thirteen to fourteen. A transition that crosses to the unknown X.

 

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A wave of sheer force. Accustomed to Topeka's customs. After a radioactive spider bites me, I develop superpowers of fragility. All molecules obey my every whim. All through the night. All week, I've been seeing my bear in my dreams. Almost paradise.

 

 

 

 


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Notes:

[A phrase-A transition]

Sentence 2: From "ARK 40, Lot’s Pillar I" by Ronald Johnson. Used with permission from Peter O’Leary, literary executor.

 

[A wave-Almost paradise]

Sentences 1 and 4: From Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars written by Jim Shooter. Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars © and TM Marvel Entertainment, LLC, and used with permission.
Sentence 5: Title of a song by Cyndi Lauper.
Sentence 6: From New Mutants #18, Vol. 1 by Chris Claremont. The New Mutants © and TM Marvel Entertainment, LLC, and used with permission.
Sentence 7: Title of a song by Mike Reno & Ann Wilson.

 

 

 

 


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In its entirety, My Secret Wars of 1984 is an alphabetized 366-sentence poetry-memoir collage, using texts from the year 1984 (Lyn Hejinian, Ronald Johnson, bell hooks, Marvel Comics, Dungeons & Dragons, Pres. Reagan, etc.) with sentences of my own—within the context of political and personal struggles of that time. I loved working on it!