“Las Palmas Reales” by C. Dale Young

A poem from faculty member C. Dale Young appears in the Spring 2017 issue of Blackbird:



Las Palmas Reales
Playa del Carmen, Mexico

The palm trees clustered together on this beach,
transplanted here almost fifty years ago,
require not even a single word of praise—
unfortunately, I am not like these palms.
The bluish green Caribbean creates no sense
of urgency for them, no sense of being

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(Photo by William Anthony)

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“Sweet Boy” by Lara Egger (poetry, ’16)

A poem by Lara Egger (poetry, ’16) appears in The American Poetry Journal:






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“When The Hometown You Wrote About is Changed Forever By Disaster” by Scott Gould (fiction, ’06)

An essay by Scott Gould (fiction, ’06) appears in Lit Hub:


Not long after I finished a book of stories set in Kingstree, S.C., my hometown drowned. The stories in the collection Strangers to Temptation take place in that town and on the river that runs through it, during the 1970s—back when I was a kid. In the fall of 2015, Kingstree sank under the Black River’s muddy floodwaters. Turns out, the town is still struggling to return to the surface. I just didn’t realize how much until I went back for a visit.

You’ll find Kingstree just west-of-center in Williamsburg County. By most measures, Williamsburg County is the poorest county in the state. The county got a little poorer and a lot wetter when the hard rains came. During a five-day period in 2015, beginning late on October 1, Kingstree was sledgehammered with a deluge of biblical proportions. A low-pressure area lumbered in from the west. [. . . continue reading here.]

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“Ghazal Cosmopolitan” by Shadab Zeest Hashmi (poetry, ’09)

An essay by Shadab Zeest Hashmi (poetry, ’09)  appears in World Literature Today:


Ghazal Cosmopolitan

by Shadab Zeest Hashmi


Poetry is of course a universal art, but is it possible for a particular poetic form to be not only universally (or largely) adaptable but also act as a vessel for the mercurial shifts that define the cosmopolitan? As I delve into the history of the ghazal form, I find that it has effectively transcended and transferred the culture of its origins and made itself at home in vastly different cultures and times.

Two recent scenes come to mind as I think of the ghazal and the poetic cosmopolitan:

Latin Quarter, Paris: Marilyn Hacker weaving in and out of Arabic, French, and English at a Lebanese restaurant in the heart of medieval Paris, before she and I walked through the backstreets, through the doors of the somber Saint-Séverin Saint-Nicolas church where she lit a candle, to Berkeley Bookstore where she recited her ghazal dedicated to a Pakistani and an Afghan woman. [. . . continue reading here.]

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“A New New Guide” by Lara Egger (poetry, ’16)

A poem by Lara Egger (poetry, ’16) appears in May Day Magazine:

A New New Guide


Look at this orange. When Rothko
painted No. 12, 1954 was he thinking
of a setting sun, or a piece of fruit?
In every language I know,
the word for both is the same.
In ancient Greek, there is no blue,
so Homer said wine-dark,
and honey was green; even the sky

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