THE DAGGER – 1993-1997



A directionless zine with a wide variety of poignant essays.

The former president’s chief of staff is found out to conduct amatory phone conversations from the executive offices with a dazzling Walkyrie. Behind her sweet nothings, she is actually infiltrating the presidential quarters for yet another drug ring. It is said of this Mexican Mata Hari that, in self-defense, she sports a DAGGER in her garter.

– Carlos Fuentes, 1995

Soon after I got my first desktop computer, I began publishing THE DAGGER.
Factsheet Five called it “A directionless zine with a wide variety of poignant essays.”

There were nine hard-copy editions. Then The Dagger moved online and became THE FULL DECK.

Dagger #1 - October 1993

New World Disorder by Peter Rashkin

Hobo’s Prayer by Bob Brault

Baroni’s Place by Sara Jacobelli

Give Us Corn by Peter Rashkin

Jack’s Taxi by Jack Lind

I knew John Coltrane by Clifford Mosby

Coltrane Odyssey by Dave Luhrssen

Dagger #2 - February 1994

Great Dishwashers I Have Known, by Sara Jacobelli

Greetings from Nepal, by Karen Linder and David Newson

Viva Zapata! Viva la Revolucíon! (But no violence, please!), by Peter Rashkin

Soldiers of Surrealism, by Bob Brault
Four Poems, by Norma West Linder

Jake Was Here
, by Peter Rashkin

Dagger #3 - June 1994

The Dagger #8Eye the Jury, by Peter Rashkin

Catchin’ the Trane, by Clifford Mosby

Homewards, by Gary Gach

Bombs, Borders and Bazaars, by David Newson

The Diner, by Sara Jacobelli

Albany, New York, by Joshua T. Stone

Two Poems, by Michael Chapman

“Spanish daggers with bloodstained tips.”

Dagger #4 - October 1994

The Dagger #8Shuffle. Cut. Deal. by Sara Jacobelli

Gritos de Dolor y Esperanza, by Elissa J. Rashkin

The Rat-Nest, by Robert Rossetti

The Gods of Water and Power, by Peter Rashkin

Welcome to the Magic Theatre, by Bob Brault

Sunset Blvd., by Elissa J. Rashkin

First Holy Communion, by Sara Jacobelli

Dagger #5 - February 1995

In the Shadow, eclipse chasing in Paraguay by Peter Rashkin,

A Private view from a Real Private Eye by Clifford Mosby

I have offered water copiously, an Hiroshima memoir by Hiroshi Yoneda

The Rat Nest by Robert Rossetti

Decatur Street by Sara Jacobelli

Dagger #6 - July 1995

When Busters Was Around, by Sara Jacobelli

El Plan de Carson, manifesto from the Clandestine Coordinating Committee of Carson

Clown College, by Elissa Rashkin

A Case of First Degree Photography, by Robert Rossetti

Coming to America, memoir by Ducie Fishman

Why Blacks Think O.J. Is Not Guilty, by Clifford Mosby

Keeping up with the news, by Peter Rashkin.

Dagger #7 - February 1996

Showdown in Round Valley, by Sara Jacobelli

N.H.I. by Clifford Mosby

Go, Zapatistas, go! by Peter Rashkin and Anne Moore

Free Javier Elorriaga! by Elissa Rashkin

Ken Saro-Wiwa’s statement before the Nigerian military court that condemned him to death.

Dagger #8 - December 1996

Mexico Profundo by Peter Rashkin

Javier Elorriaga freed! by Elissa Rashkin

The kids in the woods, by Sara Jacobelli

N.H.I….part 2, by Clifford Mosby

A holiday hitch by Carl Watson

The night we snorted Sammy by Mark Gomez
Breakfast at Denny’s by S. Jacobelli

Shiva, lord of the compost pile by P. Rashkin


  • Elissa Rashkin
  • Bob Brault
  • Norma West Linder
  • Ricarda McDonald Payne
Dagger #9 - August 1997, The Prison Issue

3oct-027Vacation in Susanville, by Peter Rashkin

Four poems by Maggie Jaffee

I meet the nicest people in jail! Notes of a jailed ground sloth

The cruelest thing, by Clifford Mosby

Thoughts from Aung San Suu Kyi

A former teenage bomber, now grown if not reformed, asks: Should McVeigh be put to death?

We Shall Not Be Moved, 20th century prisoners of conscience Political prisoners – Mumia Abu-Jama;, Geronimo Pratt, Lori Berenson, Leonard Peltier, Wei Jingsheng, Chief Moshood Abiola

Outlaw Parrots (on the wing), by Bob Brault

Lao gai – China’s gulags, by Gary Gach

Work will set you free, by Elissa Rashkin

From the inside, looking out, by Donald Leeper

Interviews by Peter Rashkin:

Making slave labor fly – Boeing goes to prison, by Paul Wright

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