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On Writing…

“If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” – Toni Morrison

Fantasy Literary Journal Round Up with a Scholarly Tilt

Fantasy Literary Journal Round Up with a Scholarly Tilt

While exploring Portland with my sister in preparation for her Great Oregon Move, we had to make a stop (well, several stops admittedly) to Powell’s Book Store. We spent hours in the YA section, and the Fantasy section before stumbling upon the Poetry stacks, which featured a nook dedicated to literary magazines. Perusing the hodgepodge … Continue reading

On Responsibility to Yourself…

“Responsibility to yourself means refusing to let others do your thinking, talking, and naming for you…it means that you do not treat your body as a commodity with which to purchase superficial intimacy or economic security; for our bodies to be treated as objects, our minds are in mortal danger. It means insisting that those … Continue reading

New Emily Dickinson Portrait Discovered!

New Emily Dickinson Portrait Discovered!

Emily Dickinson (1830-1886) remains one of the most powerful yet elusive poets of the 19th century. A new portrait has recently been discovered that could be only the second authenticated photograph of the writer, to date. To prove that the image is ‘the real McCoy’, experts have been brought in to compare samples from Amherst … Continue reading

On Building Sand Castles…

“You are lucky to be one of those people who wishes to build sand castles with words, who is willing to create a place where your imagination can wander. We build this place with the sand of memories; these castles are our memories and inventiveness made tangible. So part of us believes that when the … Continue reading

Donkeyskin by Midori Snyder

Donkeyskin by Midori Snyder There was the sight Grey and monstrous, rubbed with ashes and grit Father’s skin in the moonlight, shadows from my door His jaw stretching into the room There was the smell Rank and cloying, the tang of smoked flesh Father’s exhalations on the surface of my skin A tooth decayed from … Continue reading

On the Importance of Poetry…

“We [poets] may feel bitterly how little our poems can do in the face of seemingly out-of-control technological power and seemingly limitless corporate greed, yet it has always been true that poetry can break isolation, show us to ourselves when we are outlawed or made invisible, remind us of beauty where no beauty seems possible, … Continue reading

Zita the Magician by Miroslav Holub

Zita the Magician by Miroslav Holub To amuse His Royal Majesty he will change water into wine. Frogs into footmen. Beetles into bailiffs. And make a Minister out of a rat. He bows, and daisies grow from his finger-tips. And a talking bird sits on his shoulder. There. Think up something else, demands His Royal … Continue reading

Little Cinder by Jeannine Hall Gailey

Little Cinder by Jeannine Hall Gailey Girl, they can’t understand you. You rise from the ash–heap in a blaze and only then do they recognize you as their one true love. While you pray beneath your mother’s tree you carve a phoenix into your palm with a hazel twig and coal; every night she devours … Continue reading