New Texas

La Linda

La Linda

by David Kaczynski I’ve become increasingly fascinated with the town of La Linda, though I’d be hard put to explain to you exactly why. For one thing, I’ve never been there, only studied it (if that’s the right word) from a distance. It lies at the end of a dead-end road that I’ve driven downRead more about La Linda[...]

Our Arborist

Our Arborist

by Jonathan B. Ferrini Mr. Mori awoke to a beautiful sunny morning and stared out the window of his hospice into a small, well-maintained garden with bright flowers, a California pepper tree providing shade, and a gathering place for happy, singing birds. A familiar appearing bluebird landed on the window sill, and stared into hisRead more about Our Arborist[...]

The Musicality of Olu Obafemi’s Illuminations: Songs, Dances, from the Belly of Time as a Performance Poetry

The Musicality of Olu Obafemi’s Illuminations: Songs, Dances, from the Belly of Time as a Performance Poetry

by Oluwatosin John Ibitoye Introduction Poetry, a form of literature and a medium of performance does not exist in a vacuum, especially in Africa where poets source from oral tradition. From the visual aesthetics and imageries depicted in reader’s mind, the performative tendencies are not far-fetched. Grabner asserts that “performance poems use elements that appealRead more about The Musicality of Olu Obafemi’s Illuminations: Songs, Dances, from the Belly of Time as a Performance Poetry[...]

Rideshare

Rideshare

by Jonathan Ferrini It was a hot summer, and I was “sweating” my physics final exam. I was required to take physics for a second time during summer school after failing the course during the Spring Quarter of my sophomore year in college. I was also “sweating” the grueling, twelve-hour days I was working asRead more about Rideshare[...]

Ekphrastic Poetry as Feminist Call-and-Response: Ntozake Shange’s Ridin’ the Moon in Texas: Word Paintings

Ekphrastic Poetry as Feminist Call-and-Response: Ntozake Shange’s Ridin’ the Moon in Texas: Word Paintings

by Suzette Bishop Nancy Miller in her essay, “Arachnologies: The Woman, the Text, and the Critic,” identifies a feminist way of reading and making meaning as a weaving like a spider’s web. An example of such a feminist weaving is Ntozake Shange’s collection of poetry and prose responses to visual art titled Ridin’ the MoonRead more about Ekphrastic Poetry as Feminist Call-and-Response: Ntozake Shange’s Ridin’ the Moon in Texas: Word Paintings[...]

Four Poems

Four Poems

by Mark Trechock Painting the Corners   At the August community clean-up-fix-up-paint-up Extravaganza, put on by the non-profit do-gooder Sector, shed of our Sunday or Monday best, Paintbrushes in hand, rags dangling Self-consciously from our back pockets, We tried to imitate workers on a home Improvement TV show, determined to tidy up A crumbling stoop-frontedRead more about Four Poems[...]

The Wrongful Conviction (a sequel to “The Double Homicide”)

The Wrongful Conviction (a sequel to “The Double Homicide”)

by Renee Henning “I did it, Your Honor,” Jed Harris said.  “I killed that blankety-blank!”  Despite his rough exterior, Jed was a man of quiet dignity who never swore in the presence of females. Judge Laura Sanchez looked surprised.  She had not expected him to admit in court to the slaying.  The victim was “Mac”Read more about The Wrongful Conviction (a sequel to “The Double Homicide”)[...]