“Why are all of your poems sad?”
That was a comment I found on a poem I wrote during my undergrad. I kind of laughed, it had never really crossed my mind that they were all sad sounding. More importantly, it felt uneasy, but I could never put my finger on as to why. I
Continue reading Guest Post: When You Feel Too Much Yet Not At All by Caitlin Cundiff
The pressure that society has placed on women is monumental. From careers, to relationships to social lives: women are made subject to multiple informal life guidelines. At the top of the to-do list, is to develop an aversion to aging (a panic that must start before 30).
It is implied that women are not supposed
Continue reading Guest Post: Panic Now, Panic Later: The Trouble with Women & Aging by Marjani Viola Hawkins
I always wanted to be a writer, but I was afraid I never could be because I didn’t think I was creative enough. In the fifth grade, my public school moved me into Honors classes based on standardized test scores. Suddenly, I was expected to actually study and do creative things. Up until that point,
Continue reading Guest Post: The Creative One by CL Bledsoe
(Dedicated to Idiots, Assholes, Delvers, and Thinkers)
Topographies are important. The feel of the land. A lover’s feel, inspirited and hearthsick; caressing hands roughly over protrusions and pressing fingers into the furrows of the terra—that’s how you write, that’s the magic, the only good way about it. You grab the land, you bear
Continue reading Guest Post: On Drinking and Driving, and On Writing by nv baker
Okay, so maybe the Marx Brothers didn’t really teach me to write poetry, but these wordplay magicians did ingrain in me a love of humor and language that helped seed my desire to manipulate language myself.
I’m not the only one still finding inspiration in the Marx Brothers’ comedy— The makers of Family Guy, Mickey
Continue reading Guest Post: How the Marx Brothers Taught Me to Write Poetry by Marcella Benton