ONE SMALL BLOW AGAINST ENCROACHING TOTALITARIANISM

“I love us, in our madness, but we all need our own private unraveling and recentering daily if we’re going to survive this phase of America.” —
Harmony Holiday

Conversations at a Wartime Café

Sean Labrador y Manzano is a single father, a poet of postcolonial eroticism, and independent scholar. He believes in poetic justice: that one day soon he can pay all his bills (child support, student loans, credit cards, etc) through writing. In the mean time he ambles from gig to gig to gig. The experience of underemployment compels him to contemplate at wartime cafés (as all cafés are wartime cafés during a time of war) the benefits and contradictions of military reenlistment.