"Eighteen Ways of Looking at Magneto Destroy Auschwitz in X-Men: Apocalypse"
Aaron Kreuter is the author of the short story collection You and Me, Belonging and the poetry collection Arguments for Lawn Chairs. He is currently writing a novel that takes place at Jewish sleepover camp.
"When I first watched X-Men: Apocalypse, I was blown away by the audacity, the visual crassness, the absolute splendid wrongness of this scene, and I knew I had to respond to it in one way or another. As often happens, that way ended up being a poem—perhaps the longest poem I've ever written. I knew right away there would be eighteen different ways: 18, or chai, is the Jewish number symbolic of life. Slowly but surely, the poem came into the world."