hòu jīn bó gǔ :: one should look to the present and not the past
by Desmond Kon Zhicheng-Mingdé
He took a piece of wood from his drawer. It was a plank from the old flooring. Dr. Eichelberger showed how they hooked onto each other. “There was time when both of us were like that. Latched onto each other. In a tight fit.” He grabbed his own hand, and both hands twisted into each other as if in a full lock. “We were inseparable. We read the same books, and talked about them.” The room had taken on a musty scent. It wasn’t awful, Gigi thought, just the air of a room that had been left empty for too long. Above the sideboard was a wooden plaque. It was Greek Orthodox, a scene from the Bible. Christ was bent over a bowl of water. There were no disciples. No feet to be washed. There was no Mary Magdalene to wash his feet with her hair. “Generates the whole question of Christology for me,” Dr. Eichelberger said. “What Christ was really made of, the strange idea of Logos as manifest in human flesh. As embodied. An absurdity that even Tertullian admitted to. Very poetic idea, but to really believe it is a stretch for me. I mean, believing in its conceptual genius is easy. It’s a magnificent idea. But to take it literally, as real as me lifting my Jack Daniels, is a profundity. The Arians were all over it, bent on getting it right. And their detractor was Athanasius, who insisted Christ was at once whole divine and wholly human. What do you think?”
Desmond Kon Zhicheng-Mingdé helms Squircle Line Press as its founding editor and publisher. He is the author of The Arbitrary Sign (Red Wheelbarrow Books), with I Didn’t Know Mani Was A Conceptualist(Math Paper Press) forthcoming in 2014. He has edited more than ten books and co-produced three audio books, several pro bono for non-profit organizations. A former entertainment journalist with 8 Days, Desmond has traveled to Australia, France, Hong Kong and Spain for his stories, which have included features on Madonna, Björk and Morgan Freeman, culminating in the authorship of the limited edition Top Ten TCS Stars for Caldecott Publishing. Trained in publishing at Stanford University, Desmond studied sociology and mass communication at the National University of Singapore, and later received his theology masters (world religions) from Harvard University and fine arts masters (creative writing) from the University of Notre Dame. An interdisciplinary artist, Desmond also works in clay, his ceramic works housed in museums and private collections in India, the Netherlands, UK, and USA. He is the recipient of the PEN American Center Shorts Prize, Swale Life Poetry Prize, Cyclamens & Swords Poetry Prize, Notre Dame Poetry Fellowship, NAC Writer-in-the-Gardens Residency, Stepping Stones Nigeria Poetry Prize, and Little Red Tree International Poetry Prize.