Post by: Susan W

Frank O’Hara Inspired Poems

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In the English Literature course that I teach, I assigned students the following prompt for a brief journal writing assignment based on the writing of Frank O’Hara. After several discussions with my students this semester, I am personally coming to realize the underlying feminist reading of O’Hara’s work, especially from a biographical approach where his own sexuality seems to socially and politically infiltrate his work.

A …

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Review of Forrest Gander’s Eye Against Eye

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I recommend that you check out Eye Against Eye, a contemporary, fragment-focused book of poems that is currently at the top of my list of favorite books by Forrest Gander. The collection opens with “Poem,” a minimalist preface in which there is consideration of loss, the human way of coping with loss, and how the poet deals with complications of writing about such loss in …

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Why I Choose to Get Married

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When I was approached to write a companion piece to Sarah Marcus’s wonderful post, Why I Didn’t Get Married, I was apprehensive. How could I share my own experience of why I am getting married without over-romanticizing and sounding cliché? I only want to be honest in sharing what I feel is a right next step in my relationship without pushing the institution of marriage …

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Review of Kristin Prevallet’s I, Afterlife: Essay in Mourning Time

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Prevallet’s collection of poems, I, Afterlife: Essay in Mourning Times, begins with a Preface that sets the reader up with an expository narrative (in prose blocks) of the tragic suicide of the author’s father. The rest of the book is set up in two parts: Forms of Elegy and The Distance between Here & After, each of which contains a sequence of poems that implicitly …

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Speaking Out through Shutting Up

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by Jo Crane

High school can be quite a vicious environment in which to spend one’s teenage years, especially for those who fall even slightly outside of the norm. The hallways are lined with intimidating boys, catty girls, intimidating girls, catty boys, whole legions of students ready to tear down anyone who so much as pokes a toe over the invisible line dividing acceptable high …

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