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A Rough Symmetry: Listening for a Poem’s Golden Tone

This essay was originally delivered as a keynote address
for Naperville Writers’ Group’s National Poetry Month event at Nichols Library in Naperville, IL on April 2nd, 2014.

Oftentimes when poets speak about poetry, they speak of their own work. I am most certainly guilty of this. I’d like to begin a bit unconventionally here, and attempt to remedy that situation. A poet whose deserves more…

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Dayum Baby: Should Iggy Azalea Be Writing About Female Empowerment?

Dayum Baby: Should Iggy Azalea Be Writing About Female Empowerment?

Iggy+Azalea+Sweet+IggyAnna Kendrick stole plenty of viewers’ hearts with her Pitch Perfect role so it’s no surprise that many were happy to see her on Saturday Night Live this past week.

I had my eye on a particular part of the show that got me thinking about rap, race, gender and the work of Iggy Azalea.

In one skit, Anna Kendrick plays the Little Mermaid and goes to Ursula (Aidy Bryant) to hand over her voice in…

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Why I Became A Total Satanist: Remember Rammstein?

Why I Became A Total Satanist: Remember Rammstein?

When I was about 15, I won my first concert tickets: Rammstein.

Now, this came after the delicate age of Jewel and No Doubt.  Tragic Kingdom wasn’t ‘challenging’ my ‘artistic sensibilities’ anymore, and I’d somehow figured out (by reading Tori Amos online forums) that Jewel’s poetry was bad, very bad, and you shouldn’t read it. I think I secretly liked it. It was the 90s.

So, I had fallen into…

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Need A New Haunt? A Review of Gregory Crosby’s Chapbook, Spooky Action at a Distance

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If you’re going to read anything this year, read Gregory Crosby’s chapbook, Spooky Action at a Distance. It is everything I look for in a poetry collection: challenging, relatable, and intelligent. Gregory’s poems beautifully intertwine lyricism, pop culture, and technology in a way that asks the right questions while capturing our culture’s irony and sense of humor perfectly.

While the poems…

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Manic Pixie Body Dysmorphia: A True Story

Manic Pixie Body Dysmorphia: A True Story

By Alexandra Naughton

Editor’s Note: While I typically wouldn’t want to run two stories in the same day (see Lea Anderson’s Pretty Girls Do Eat: The Romanticization of Depression & Eating Disorders) dealing with similar issues, this past week I’ve had several discussions with people about their bodies. Each one of those people (including myself) perceived themselves in ways I couldn’t imagine…

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Pretty Girls Do Eat: The Romanticization of Depression & Eating Disorders

Pretty Girls Do Eat: The Romanticization of Depression & Eating Disorders

I love Tumblr. Like, reallylove Tumblr. Bring it up in a conversation and I’ll carry on endlessly (if allowed) about how it has entirely changed the game regarding access to information that was previously only for the eyes of those within the marble tower of the academy. How I’ve learned more about theory and feminism from the nineteen-year-old girls I follow, than I did in any French Feminist…

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Celebrating Passover As A Feminist

Tonight marks the beginning of the Jewish holiday Passover (Pesach). Pesach commemorates the Jews’ exodus from Egypt and their lengthy voyage through the desert and into Israel.

Tonight, Jews (and some goyim as well, of course!) will celebrate Passover with a Seder, which is a lengthy ceremonial process that is meant to remind us of our bondage in Egypt as well as our liberation. Each person must…

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Reasons Your Concept Of Female Privilege Is Bullshit

Reasons Your Concept Of Female Privilege Is Bullshit

Female privilege. Simply typing the words feels wrong – almost as wrong as stringing them together into an actual sentence. The truth is it’s utterly astounding to me that in this day and age, I’m writing this piece because it is still necessary. As far as we’ve come, it’s still necessary to explain to people basic irrefutable truths about the manner in which our society is unjust.

Mark Saunders’

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Fashion Forward: Rocker Fairy

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What I’m Wearing:
betsey johnson bomber jacket; calvin klein snake belt; dkny green fishnets; vintage moccasin boots; vintage bowler hat; forever 21 dress; chanel purse; marc jacobs dot perfume; J initial necklace from lord & taylor

Outfit Objective:
To intertwine naughty & nice with a touch of spring fever. 

Our copy editor for the fashion win, 

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Staff member lauradelarato likes to mix puns and art. 

Staff member lauradelarato likes to mix puns and art. 

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Weekly Tarot With Tif: Rejuvenating Energy

Weekly Tarot With Tif: Rejuvenating Energy

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The last weekly tarot advised: “The storm is coming up on the woman in the Two of Pentacles. Sheer determination and resourcefulness keep her going. Why aren’t her legs tiring? How the hell is the woman riding a bicycle on water? Even the clouds seem to be breaking up because of her sheer will.Though there is a lot going on with the potential of worries, fears, and outside…

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On Discovering New Poets: Reading Yona Harvey

Hemming the Water by Yona Harvey

Hemming the Water by Yona Harvey

For National Poetry Month,  I wanted to tell you about a new poet I was introduced to: Yona Harvey.

I know I’m spoiled to live in New York City and have so many poets at my fingertips, because every time I hear a new poet read, it’s like a little treat. Yona Harvey was a treat for me.

Poetry is like that sometimes.

On March 24, 2014 at KGB Bar, at the KGB BAR…

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