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Nearing Jordan “I don’t know what ‘retirement’ means. If I didn’t have work to do, I’d have to invent it.” nlm When you know the River Jordan is not miles but steps away and the chariot swings lower in the waning light of day, you may hear a strange voice beckon, “Come and rest eternally.” Then a gate will slowly open, but beyond it you will see one large desk piled high with papers and a chair that bears your name. You’ll be happy to discover earth and heaven are the same. BLACK RENAISSANCE NOIRE You’ll have manuscripts to edit, other writing jobs to do, and your joy will last forever at your desk beyond the blue. 129 By NAOMI LONG MADGETT