Tag Archives: Turning Over a New Leaf

Between The Stand That Deep-Fries Twinkies and The One That Roasts Corn On The Cob

By Joshua Swainston Billy shouts an Earthquake Burger order over the rain-rattled rooftops of concession stand trailers. Midway diversions award a caricature plush animal to eight-year-old Aiden for shooting water into a clown mouth. The Tilt-a-whirl’s rose, lemon, seaweed, and blueberry tinted lights revolve to classic rock that Jennifer keeps humming. 4-H’s livestock mud cakes …

Lonely Fruit

First, let me say how deeply touched I’ve been by all the support I’ve received regarding my announcement that, contrary to the rumors circulating on the internet, I will not be reading my inaugural poem at the anticipated unpleasantness in DC on January 20th. While I have always tried to be a poet for all …

Campus Sexual Violence, Misinformation, and Mismanagement

Trigger Warning/Content Note: As the title suggests, this essay and the associated videos and links discuss sexual violence on U.S. college/university campuses. Please exercise self-care when choosing to read this essay. The word “rape” is used in many places in the essay rather than “sexual violence” to denote that the laws as they currently exist …

My Grown-Up Wish List

By Robert “The Hook” Hookey (TW) Okay, so I recognize there are two glaring issues with this post right off the bat: One, the holiday season has passed. (Though my neighbor still has his lights up. Then again, he never takes them down.) Also, there are no circumstances under which I qualify as a grown-up. …

No Complaints

By Jillian Green DiGiacomo At age 39, I resolved that I would not be fat and 40. I managed to keep that resolution the day I turned 41. Last year, I vowed to never go to bed with even one dirty dish in the sink. And, true to my word, there never was just one. …