100 Lies

a collaboration by Debra Dean, Denise Duhamel, Angie Griffin, and Julie Marie Wade

(“Just remember: what you’re seeing and what you’re reading is not what’s happening.” Donald J. Trump)


1. The sun continues to rise in the west, just as it always has. Trust me, I’ve studied these things.

2. Medical experts say I have such good genetics, I will never sprout a gray hair.

3. Obama went gray in office because the job was way over his head. Total disaster …

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So To Speak Blog Update

Holly Mason

Readers, please bear with us as we are transitioning into new leadership. A very exciting time for our journal and blog! We look forward to introducing you to our new blog editor, Sarah Batcheller, and assistant blog editor, Alison Ross, very soon!

In Peace & Power, StS Blog Staff 

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Poem & Conversation With Sandra Marchetti

Holly Mason/ Sandra Marchetti

When I’ve read this poem at events or workshops, most folks think of it as a take on Bishop’s “The Fish.” And, of course, Bishop is well known for her fishing imagery, being from Nova Scotia, etc. My favorite poem of hers is “At the Fishhouses,” which provides the epigraph for my full-length collection, Confluence. All of this to say, the driving force behind “Imagination” is Bishop’s “The Riverman,” a poem that is less well-known. It is rough-hewn, very narrative, and based in Brazilian myth. Bishop lets her hair down in this piece.

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Meet StS Assistant Editor

Melanie Tague

At the moment, Melanie is most interested in the oppression of the prison population and how the literary world and this journal can do more to reach out to those in prison and work toward helping reforms happen within both the justice and prison systems.

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Reckoning Space

Nikki Brugnoli

It is a tremendous collision of possibilities and impossibilities. The blurry density of saturated darkness and the eruption of light embedded into the silky skin of Mylar speak to the opposites that exist in us all.

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