Sappho in Paris: The Poetic Value of Lexical Cosmopolitanism

Despite the occasional vague pronoun reference or f-bomb, I've always fancied myself a relatively articulate and polite English speaker (growing up so close to Canada has its consequences). En français, however, I undergo a Jekyll-like transformation from Midwestern Judith Martin to angry truck driver doing stand up for the French navy. A typical conversation is … Continue reading Sappho in Paris: The Poetic Value of Lexical Cosmopolitanism

Remembering Zines: Rubber Cement, Cheese, and Doing Your Thing

Some people enjoy the lingering smell of petrichor before a rain, freshly cut lawns, gasoline, the sweet notes of vanilla and almond found in the underlying mustiness of old books.  I always enjoy hearing about people's favorite scents because they tend to be anchored to memories fossilized in time; one of my friends loves the … Continue reading Remembering Zines: Rubber Cement, Cheese, and Doing Your Thing

5 Creative Writing Blog Posts That You Might’ve Missed!

It's been awhile since we've posted any creative writing themed posts so we've compiled a list of our most popular writing posts to help our readers and fellow writers avoid writer's block and stay inspired. First, get started with Music in Set the Mood and Set the Stage: Instrumental Music for Writing In this blog post, … Continue reading 5 Creative Writing Blog Posts That You Might’ve Missed!

Five Super Chic Books of Poetry

5) Davis McCombs- Ultima Thule When I was a sophomore, I’d only known the superstars of the poetry world: Hass, Dove, Wojahn, Komunyakaa. Ultima Thule, the 1999 Yale Younger Series winner, was literary mouthwash at a time when I’d only had practice dissecting memory narrative. A deep imagist, McCombs realizes primitive truths through the voice … Continue reading Five Super Chic Books of Poetry

Be a Shape-Shifter: Four Poetic Forms to Try

Poems have existed much longer in formal structures than they have in the free-form structures that many modern poets favor. If your well of inspiration has run dry, or you've been struggling to revise a poem and it just isn't working with a free-form structure, your choices are anything but limited. There many forms to … Continue reading Be a Shape-Shifter: Four Poetic Forms to Try