October 09, 2018
I have been thinking for a while about how our attempts to define craft terms influence our students' (and our own) aesthetics, and I have wanted to try other definitions. How to define "tone," for example, seemed especially difficult. Here are some alternate definitions, for now:
an orientation toward the world
acceptance or rejection of consequences
what gives or takes away the illusion ...
October 04, 2018
Three-Minute Book Review: Sarah Green on Jared Harel's Go Because I Love You (Diode Editions, 2018)
If you planted this book in the ground, what would grow?
Pretty sure this book would grow children (“My four-year-old shoves / a toy block in my face / and screams Cheeese!”) but it might also grow patience, fall light, dead people’s card tricks, Frisbees, pot, voicemails. A deliciously cluttered evocative ...
September 23, 2018
Three-Minute Book Review: Kaity Bolger on Sophfronia Scott's Love’s Long Line (The Ohio State University Press, 2018)
What snack should you have while reading this book?
S’mores. Something warm and gushy to lighten your heart as you process Scott’s traumas and her family’s traumas along with her. Also keep a fresh marshmallow nearby to dry a tear or two.
What is this book’s theme song?
No Tears ...
September 19, 2018
A poet, a creative nonfiction writer, and a prose writer who edited an anthology discuss their new books, all coming out this fall. They ask such question as: Is political writing inevitable or a deliberate choice? How can literature spark change and improve the lives of women and people of color in our country?
Sarah Fawn Montgomery: Let’s begin by talking about the ...