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shannon-huffman-polson's picture
  At my final MFA residency at St. John’s College just outside of Santa Fe, New Mexico, we are discussing Cormac McCarthy, Richard Rodriguez, the art of rhetoric, describing smell. The one thing we are not discussing this week, oddly, is the Olympics. I love the Olympics. Because my family...
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Dear Felicity, I don’t think I am particularly harsh. On the contrary, I feel a great and benevolent responsibility toward you. I want you to do well. And you don’t need me to bolster your self-esteem ― this is nonsense. All you have to do to get the ‘emotional support’ you say (but do not mean)...
sherrie-theriault's picture
  April 21   SOLIDITY       Apprehension stands in the archeological site that is my life…listening.  Listening for the rumble of a cement truck to come and help solidify the shifting and tenuous nature of my existence.  A wet and sloppy solution.  A solution...
jennifer-knox's picture
Letting Go Over the past month, I have shared my worries and excitement concerning the publication of my memoir. To be completely honest, I was unprepared for the emotional exhaustion that accompanies publication. I've been an emotional wreck. I fretted over the few copies of Musical Chairs...
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  In the late morning of Thursday, November 7, 1996, Jaja Anucha Wachuku, my father's elder brother - my uncle - whom I was so close to went the way of all mankind. He was 78 having been born in 1918. I was devastated; but took firm courage knowing that within the depths of my soul lies the...