Waning Poetic

Holy pun, Batman! By now it is very likely that you’ve seen The Dark Knight Rises and have heard scores of arguments about any given facet of the film. Don’t worry: this will not be another one. Most people who know me well have already been subjected to my alternating rants and gushings on all […]

Ramblings Reads No. Two: Dance with the Devil in the Pale Moonlight

Now that I’ve reminded you how long it’s been since you watched Tim Burton’s Batman, I’d like to tell you a bit about Justin Evans’ A Good and Happy Child. I’ll give you an out, though. If you want to save yourself a bit of reading, you could watch this promotional video that manages to […]

Because Homesickness Is Complicated

Had I the Choice Had I the choice to tally greatest bards, To limn their portraits, stately, beautiful, and emulate at will, Homer with all his wars and warriors—Hector, Achilles, Ajax, Or Shakspere’s woe-entangled Hamlet, Lear, Othello—Tenny- son’s fair ladies, Metre or wit the best, or choice conceit to wield in perfect rhyme, delight of […]

Spring Fever

I know that “spring fever” has several meanings, but it has always been in my mind that this means that flowers and sunshine make everyone and everything want to do it. That’s what WikiPedia lists first, so I’m going to call that a win for me and move on. Depending on the hemisphere you’re in, […]

How Samson Got His Groove Back

I had to do a presentation in class today on Samson Agonistes, which is well worth the read. You might not have gotten that impression last night, however, if you accompanied my housemate in watching me flail around and scream like a petulant child who has only just learned what the phrase, “I don’t wanna’,” […]

Locals and Yokels

“All American fiction, it seems to me, is circumscribed by place; I have a feeling that my work ends up being labelled as regional simply because fewer people come from my particular place.” -Leigh Allison Wilson When she wrote that for the anthology Listen Here, Wilson was speaking about the marginalization of women writers from […]