Insight from a Dreamscape

  “One day when I was really pushing through, writing every last word, it occurred to me there is nothing more wholesome than having great knowledge in literature. You are pure, and insightful, and brave in ways you never imagined when you are intelligent in books; and look how much more beautiful you are when…

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The River Turns White

  with skyline and sun. The dark shapes on the water are like turtle shells, inverted and empty, then sinking as the sun moves higher. Fish rising and falling with sea and storm.    

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Reading Jennifer K. Sweeney

  ADOLESCENCE   1 In the scoliosis clinic, I waited in a room of skeletons while men reshaped the architecture of my sister, spongy discs stacked in S-curves like haunted seahorses, undulant when I shifted a protuberance side to side in my thumb and forefinger and the reticulated whip rippled to the tailbone. From the…

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Preparing the Way for My Daughter: Reading Lori Day’s Her Next Chapter

  Upon reading Lori Day’s Her Next Chapter: How Mother-Daughter Book Clubs Can Help Girls Navigate Malicious Media, Risky Relationships, Girl Gossip, and So Much More, I am completely floored with possibilities. Her Next Chapter, at first glance, may be meant as an organizational tool for beginning and maintaining effective Mother-Daughter book clubs (which is…

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Midday

  I am passing through my neighbor’s backyard, and I stop, because her patio door is open. The sun is there, pouring over a table and chairs, all those rhododendrons and pollen. In all that light, I can see up the stairs and into her living room, where the woman is sleeping on her couch,…

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The Spectrum of Mood & Mind: Reading Kyle Muntz’s Green Lights

  Dreamscape; Existentialism; Echoes of Religion and Tradition—these, among others, represent the themes that are presented to us, and challenge us, in the reading of Kyle Muntz’s Green Lights, a novella structured within a surrealist neighborhood that responds to and depends upon the current spectral landscape. That is to say, color, and the narrator’s fixation…

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