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JAMES: Have you found it yet? WEBSTER: What? JAMES: The word. Do you have the definition ready for us, Mr. Webster? WEBSTER: What was the word again? James lets out a harsh sigh. JAMES: I see this might take a while. It is murmur, Mr. Webster. We shall return to you soon enough. Mr. Webster continues turning pages as he dictates words as he sees them. WEBSTER: Abdicate . . . Abolish . . . Abstain . . . James shuts the door. JAMES: Perhaps we can continue on to our first guest, eh, Marcus? MARCUS: If he’s arrived . . . James presses a button on a speakerphone. JAMES: Sandi, has our Mr. Anton arrived yet? SANDI: (Through the speakerphone) Yes, Mr. Jameson. JAMES: Please send him in. James releases the button and looks up to his microphone. JAMES: Ladies and gentlemen, hailing from the Alaskan Peninsula, we’d like to present our poet, Mr. Enkidu Anton. A tall man, ENKIDU ANTON, wrapped in a large fur coat and hood enters the studio. His eyes shyly dart between Marcus and James as he stuffs past James’ desk and to the microphone standing on the other side of the room near Marcus. Anton sits on a stool near the mic, but just out of reach for him to speak into it. JAMES: Good afternoon, Mr. Anton. Anton stands slightly to reach the microphone. As he speaks into it, his voice reverberates out of a speaker in the room. ANTON: H-Hello. Anton seats himself again. JAMES: So, you come from the Alaskan Peninsula? ANTON: (Standing) Y-Yes. He seats himself. JAMES: Can you tell us a bit about this region? Perhaps how it inspires some of your poetry. ANTON: (Standing) It is riddled with savage bears and a blight of death and disrespect to humanity. He seats himself.

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Vortex 39 - April Online  

The University of Central Arkansas'sVortex Magazine of Literature and Fine Art is an undergraduate run publication, publishing students from...

Vortex 39 - April Online  

The University of Central Arkansas'sVortex Magazine of Literature and Fine Art is an undergraduate run publication, publishing students from...

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