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For the Love of Poetry

Ah, Poetry,
You Pretentious Practice,
You beautifully overdone form of expression.
Continue to mask the point
And to frustrate the reader through
A myriad of Symbols,
Of Metaphors, Read more…

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The Small Things

The notion of “small things” contrasts with the broader, more expansive “big” ideals such as: an honorable family, the caste system, political affiliations and marriage. The novel focuses on “the whisper and scurry of small lives,” of secrets, sins and desires people refuse to acknowledge for the sake of maintaining a cohesive national identity. Read more…

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The Silent Treatment

And the way to make her discontent known is to sulk and to remain silent with the hope that it causes remorse for those around her. It is an immature reaction to anger and frustration, but it makes sense because even when she speaks, she is voiceless. When upset, she behaves the same way, without autonomy, but  Read more…

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The Meanest Thing Anyone Has Ever Said To Me

The meanest thing anyone has ever said to me is: “Now that your brother has died, soon so will your parents and then you will be all alone.” This was from the same person who was part of groups of people who lamented the fact that it was the boy who died, the important heir with sole rights to Read more…

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My Five Earliest Memories

Once, I purposely pooped in my bedroom. The house in Ireland had two bathrooms, and my little bladder could no longer handle that both were occupied for what seemed like eternity. I really had to go, so I grabbed a few tissue papers and placed them on the ground behind the bedroom door. I took the squat position over the makeshift floor toilet and pooped. When I got up, I  Read more…

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The Dollhouse

Washing of hands and brushing of teeth and looking in the mirror were all done in the bedroom. This served to further increase her isolation within the private territory. But palpable isolation was ironic, given that hers was the only room in the house with access to the outside. In the mind of the already paranoid and lonely child, those glass sliding doors were a security risk. Read more…

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Acts of Contrition

The seemingly defensive tone of the poem seeks to question “by what rule” should she refrain from writing as a form of expression…She fights to understand why she alone is forbidden “to play the fool”. Here, playing the fool is linked to the activity of writing. She places her activity in contrast to those leisure activities deemed acceptable for women, like embroidery, drinking and gossip, which were conventional ways of spending feminine time. Read more…

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Repression and Stephen Crane’s, The Upturned Face

The upturned face of Bill’s lifeless, “chalk-blue” body is the physical manifestation of the finality and coldness of death, or that inevitable phenomenon we fail to understand and accept. Thus, in Crane’s short story, death functions not only as a way to show the savagery and senselessness of war, but also as a way to insist that repression is a necessity for the living. Read more…

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The Ride before Home

This is dedicated to one of my most unique travel hosts: the older, Dutch woman who owns and operates a hostel in Aruba.

It had been a crazy couple of nights, and as I got in the car and sat quietly in the back, waiting for the driver to pack my things and begin the journey to the airport, I finally realized that this was the trip that would change me forever. “Ma’am? Ma’am? ‘Scuze, Ma’am.” Donovan was calling out to me. I saw him Read more…

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