Perspectives
I Beg You, Ezra

I Beg You, Ezra

by George Drew
 
Every English teacher I ever had talked about levels of meaning, particularly when it came to poems, especially those of such inscrutables as Pound and Eliot and Stevens.
If You Care to Know Your Candidate by The Poet Who May Read at Their Inauguration

If You Care to Know Your Candidate by The Poet Who May Read at Their Inauguration

by Kent Oswald
 
What if voters judged POTUS-to-Bes by their assumed choice of who would speak for them on Inauguration Day?
Downtown Julie Brown’s Bitter Brew: How the “10 Habits of Highly Effective Writers” Changed My Life

Downtown Julie Brown’s Bitter Brew: How the “10 Habits of Highly Effective Writers” Changed My Life

by Isabella David McCaffrey
 
I’ve written this novel six times now.
Bad Librarian!

Bad Librarian!

by Roz Warren
 
I logged on to my favorite Librarian Facebook hangout and asked: What’s the weirdest thing a patron has accused you of doing? I got quite a few responses.
(Why Are So Many of My Friends) Tesla Kooks?

(Why Are So Many of My Friends) Tesla Kooks?

by Scott Archer Jones
 
I’ve fallen in with the Tesla crowd. Nicola Tesla, renegade scientist, mystic, showman and icon to the ultra-liberal.
November Staff Roundup: The Culinary Writers Come for Dinner

November Staff Roundup: The Culinary Writers Come for Dinner

To celebrate National Clean Out Your Fridge Day, we asked the staff to tell us what they’d have to hide from Julia Child (in spectral form, of course) if she were to drop by for a meal.
Temper, Temper

Temper, Temper

by Camille Griep
November is a busy month with holidays galore. We’ve got turkeys and expandable pants, novels and word counts, Black Friday and Cyber Monday. But when was the last time anyone wished you a Bad Day?
Miss Spelling

Miss Spelling

by Kent Oswald
 
A no judgement zone is an unlikely no judgment zone.
A Glimpse into My Previous Life—or—Burn That Secret Copy of Fifty Shades Because You Can Do Better

A Glimpse into My Previous Life—or—Burn That Secret Copy of Fifty Shades Because You Can Do Better

by Angela Kubinec
 
Writing literary-style erotica is the most useful tool for improving one’s writing skills.
October’s Second Night

October’s Second Night

by Stephen Parrish
 
At midnight on October 2nd, 1990 East and West Germany reunited. Stephen Parrish was present in Berlin for the event. Here he shares his observations from notes made twenty-five years ago.
What We May All Have Missed While Not Missing It: The Works of Donna Tartt

What We May All Have Missed While Not Missing It: The Works of Donna Tartt

by Angela Kubinec
 
Open to a random page and read it. Somewhere someone on that page is being deceptive.
Not Without Consequences

Not Without Consequences

by Kent Oswald
 
Publication changes relationships, no matter what words actually stir between covers.
On Secondary Locations and Not Packing It In

On Secondary Locations and Not Packing It In

by Stephanie Vanderslice
 
"Never let them take you to the secondary location," the officer said. "No one survives the secondary location."
There’s No Such Thing as Writer’s Block: 12 Ways to Recalibrate the Writing Engine

There’s No Such Thing as Writer’s Block: 12 Ways to Recalibrate the Writing Engine

by Wendy Russ
 
You don’t have it. Nobody has it. It's possible to do the work no matter how crummy you feel.
Immediate Unenjoyment: Putting the Barney into the Barnes

Immediate Unenjoyment: Putting the Barney into the Barnes

Third time’s a charm someone once said, and that someone was probably trying to get into the Barnes. It took me three concerted efforts to make it inside those hallowed, controversial walls.

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