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Jay Herman

Jay Herman has dreamt of writing while he pursued a more practical career. But his love of the written word keeps him reading and writing. Attracted to the dark qualities in Russian literature, he especially enjoys Turgenev, Gogol and Dostoevsky. His guilty pleasure is stealing time for The New York Times crossword puzzle. He has been living in Brooklyn all his life (way before it became THE place to live).

The Editor’s Hats

Part 1

Executioner

I seize
the instrument of
death and with
savage strokes
and red gore
purge the
curse of banality
that is to me as
nails on a
chalkboard.

Part 2

Surgeon

I probe,
painstakingly inserting
the edged tip
into bloated subjects
as my tool resects
necrotic sections
to expose a
lusty vitality
that warrants
display.

Part 3

Bouncer

I sneer
at groveling
wannabes
as across
a velvet rope;
crazed
puppet of
the ruthless,
self-preserving
status quo.

Part 4

Sentry

I select
with vindictive
brutality,
only the fresh;
zealous guard
of the zeitgeist
impatiently
dictated to the
idiot masses
by the ruling elite.

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