3QR No. 4 Hits the Liternet

Announcing publication of the fourth annual issue of 3QR: The Three Quarter Review — Poetry & Prose > 75 percent True. Read us at threequarterreview.com. With this issue we fulfill four quarters and our destiny, creating a literary genre of mostly true stories. No censorship. No betrayal. Our current issue features an eclectic blend of new and established writers. From an elegy to SkyMall to a poetic tribute to awkward words, from memoirs on loss to explorations of languor or love. Enjoy. Comment. Be inspired to lie just a little bit.

I Had A Dream

I had a dream last night that I was trying to draw a picture of Martin Luther King, Jr. And his face looked sad. When I turned the drawing another way he looked angry.

I turned it back and forth and then decided on the right expression, the right emotion:

Sad.

Mobtown Blues

The Baltimore Riots: Crowds filling the streets, burning and looting local businesses, and confronting the police and the National Guard.

Crowds formed on such streets as Gay St. in East Baltimore; windows were smashed and cars burned. Police moved in. People began to report fires after 6 pm. The mayor and police were unable to respond effectively. Soon after, the governor declared a state of emergency and called in troops from the National Guard. Reports describe a crowd, which moved north on Gay St. up to Harford Rd. and Greenmount Ave. Rioting and looting spread, breaking out on Pennsylvania Ave. and elsewhere across the city.

Only this describes the Baltimore Riots of 1968. Exact same streets, and neglected blocks. Same actions. Same response.

Very little has changed in nearly 50 years.

Except one thing: Social media fueled recent mobtown violence, with a call yesterday to loot Mondawmin Mall, a la the lawlessness featured in the film The Purge.

Progress, anyone?

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Check out these pics and tweets via USA Today.