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Renee Gladman is the editor of Leroy, a beautifully
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bound chapbook series that publishes innovative poetry and prose by mostly emerging and geographically obscured writers. Her own books include Arlem (Idiom Books, 1996), Not Right Now (Second Story Books, 1998), Juice (Kelsey St. Press, 2000), and The Activist (Krupskaya, 2003). Her work explores 21st century urban American society and has been published in numerous journals in the United States.



from The Activist



Renee Gladman
Officials pursue activists over rocky terrain in
search of answers. "We want to make sure anger
does not ruin these kids," Daniel Sharpe of the
Brendan Seize Unit (BSU) confides, "but it's like
pushing against water."

Investigators combed shards from the collapsed
bridge for signs that it had been blown apart. "I
have a feeling that Monique Wally and her group
are behind this. What we have is a smell of iron
burning, but no visual evidence on site." Sharpe
and his BSU team have joined with local police
and the FBI to solve the encrypted crime.

"Only the time of day distinguishes these so-
called dissidents from terrorists. Had they blown
that bridge an hour earlier or an hour later, we
would have had a lot of death on our hands."

The bridge remains in tact today, despite reports
that it is long gone. A team of specialists from
the Institute of Explosive Applications in
Toronto, Ontario is expected to settle the mat-
ter by mid-week. "These scientists are the elite
among their field. We have every faith that they
will acknowledge the violence done to the
bridge," the President assured viewers today.



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