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Reflections from a Culture-Shocked American

Print PDFby Arlette Hernandez I had always heard tales about the Promised Land called “college.” Growing up with Cuban immigrant parents, college was little more than a goal I needed to meet so I could earn a degree and break the … Continue reading

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Defining Poetry: Anne Sexton’s “Transformations”

Print PDFby Laurel Myers I must admit before getting into this essay that I had never read a full book of poetry before university. Like my fellow classmate, Hannah Denham, I picked up Leaves of Grass with the intention to … Continue reading

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Walt Whitman’s “Song of Myself”: American Individualism Then and Now By Hannah Denham

Print PDF   Nineteenth century poet Walt Whitman is heralded as one of the first truly American poets, but for me, he was my first. I’m a little sheepish to admit this, but I discovered Whitman during my middle school … Continue reading

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The Madness of Art: Gothicism in my Short Stories

Print PDFby Caroline Sanders I tend to be unabashedly optimistic and cheerful. I wake up early every weekday morning to do work on my closed-in front porch with my favorite, bright yellow coffee mug in hand that reads: “You Are … Continue reading

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John Montague: A Memorial Sampler

Print PDF[This is the second of a pair of posts celebrating the life and work of Irish poet John Montague.  The first can be found immediately below this one, and I recommend reading them in sequence.] Like many Americans, I … Continue reading

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John Montague: Bris-Mo-Croi

Print PDFLast Saturday I had been in the woodlot quartering a shagbark brought down last year because –  long assailed, perhaps even “farmed” for beetles, by pileateds – it was riddled with impressive holes.  Air cold, wood old and mazed … Continue reading

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Slipstream: Making the Familiar Strange (Part 2 of 2)

Print PDFby Dana Schultz A few weeks ago I posted Part 1 of the Slipstream blog. In it I discussed the concept and fundamental problem of Slipstream, namely that it is a shorthand term for “slipping genre fiction into the … Continue reading

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Thomas McGuane’s Canny CROW FAIR (Stories)

Print PDFMost of the stories in Thomas McGuane’s collection Crow Fair (Vintage, 2015; paperback, 2016) originally appeared in The New Yorker, but don’t hold that against the author; his narratives are not about or addressed to Martians.  In fact, McGuane … Continue reading

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“Look like the innocent flower but be the serpent beneath.”

Print PDFBy Maddie Schaffer With 2016 being the 75th anniversary of the Curious George series, I decided to delve into some of the history surrounding what has become a multi-mullion dollar franchise of a rambunctious monkey and his keeper who … Continue reading

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Son of Blade

Print PDFby Chris Gavaler Tim Seibles cuts straight to the heart. When I met him at his hotel to walk him over to my wife’s poetry class, conversation leapt from “nice weather” to “parents with Alzheimer’s” in a single bound. … Continue reading

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