Magazine article WLA ; War, Literature and the Arts

Sixth-Grade Homework

Magazine article WLA ; War, Literature and the Arts

Sixth-Grade Homework

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The towers saturated with dawn stand

1,368 feet high. Divide the height

by a pink eraser and average two airplanes

to determine the angle of descent.

In the lengthening shadow of declivity,

how many lives will collapse?

We're arguing here

and it's ticking.

Calculate the rate at which young people seek

the paths of glory belonging to their fathers

and grandfathers. Violence implicates

us all, fragile bodies similarly subject

to the law to kill people against whom

we have no complaint.

This permanent war

eats us alive.

On the adult male cheek, stubble grows

at the speed of 1 mm per day. Assuming

a gas mask requires smooth skin, how

often will Joe need a shave? How much

will the Pentagon have to pay? The next problem

will include cupcakes.

Disaster does not improve

with collegiality.

We take the bait. Humpty Dumpty always

falls while the left hand lights the conflagration.

How soon will children wishbone each other

to reach the precipice of adulthood? …

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