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Letter from the Editor Dear Readers, All economic and political woes aside, there is a serious deficit in this country; a deficit of understanding. The intolerance seen in the past few weeks has been staggering and repulsive, and it goes without saying that most people would like to see this come to an end. Jazz poet Michael S. Harper once said the job of the poet is “to tell the truth no matter what,” a creed that should apply to all artists. The truth, as you will find in this issue, is that the qualities of those who differ from our personal backgrounds are what makes communication, sharing and equality so valuable. What is lacking is the general appreciation for what we as individuals bring to the “we” as a society. I am not terribly interested in the timeline that got us here; what matters right now is finding the fastest and most permanent way to get away from where we’ve arrived. I do not believe that a single art-act can bring about widespread enlightenment to resolve these chasms of ignorance, but it can certainly foster the idea. Without really meaning to, this issue came together with strong contributions on the positive side of diverse interaction. Working on Cannoli Pie this month has provided me with a bit of solace, as I came across a body of work that is both artful and relevant to the struggle for tolerance. I cannot change opinions or undo damage that has been done. These things must right themselves. What I can do is promote and contribute to an artistic conversation with optimism and acceptance in hopes that we can help wean our society away from its addiction to fear and misunderstanding. As existential beings and as fruitful members of our society, we cannot let the abhorrent acts of others go unaddressed. If we allow the problem to persist, then we are the cause of the problem. As you read this issue, I urge you to find places and people around you that could use either support or guidance. Our contributors this month have made helped light the truth that the differences among us should are points of celebration (especially if food is involved) rather than points of protest. Seek out and celebrate the diversity around you. I hope you will find as much solace in those things as I have. In utmost sincerity, Stephen Krauska Managing Editor, Cannoli Pie Magazine Our hearts and thoughts go out to the family of Jessica A. Moore, a sophomore at Seton Hall University in South Orange, New Jersey, who was murdered in a shooting the weekend of September 25 2010.

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