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My Secret Wars of 1984

By Dennis Etzel Jr.

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Notes:
[But if-But when]
Sentences 1, 2, and 4: President Ronald Reagan, Presidential Debate, October 21, 1984 in Kansas City, Missouri. Public domain.
Sentence 3: From Dungeons and Dragons Companion Set: Volume One by Frank Mentzer, p9. Used with permission from Wizards of the Coast, LLC.

[By drawing-Challenging…step]
Sentences 2 and 3: From Dungeons and Dragons, p2 and 7.

[Each illustration-Elections with]
Sentences 2 and 5: From “A Rejection of Closure,” by Lyn Hejinian. Used with permission from the author.
Sentence 4: From The New Mutants #18, Vol. 1 by Chris Claremont. The New Mutants © and TM Marvel Entertainment, LLC, and used with permission.

[Feminism defined-For monster]
Sentence 2: From “ARK 34, Spire on the Death of L.Z.” by Ronald Johnson. Used with permission from Peter O’Leary, literary executor.
Sentence 4: Hejinian.
Sentence 5: From “ARK43, Lot’s Pillar III” by Ronald Johnson. Used with permission from Peter O’Leary, literary executor.

[Freezing rain-Geraldine Ferraro]
Sentence 1: About the March 18, 1984 Topeka ice storm, on the National Weather Service website, by Mike Akulow and Larry Schultz. Public domain.
Sentence 3: From “ARK37, Prospero’s Song to Ariel (constructed in the form of a quilt snipped from Roger Tory Peterson’s A Field Guide to Western Birds)” by Ronald Johnson. Used with permission from Peter O’Leary, literary executor.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Dennis Etzel Jr. lives with his wife and two sons in Topeka, Kansas, where he teaches at Washburn University. He has an MFA from The University of Kansas and an MA in Lit and Creative Writing with a Graduate Certificate in Women and Gender Studies. Work has appeared or is forthcoming in Denver Quarterly, Indiana Review, BlazeVOX, Flint Hills Review, Poetry Midwest, and others.

First published in 3:AM Magazine: Friday, January 6th, 2012.