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Body Talk: Poetic Space in Imogen Cunningham’s Triangles, 1928

A friend once told me there are three sides to every story. *** If three is a number of unity then why are the nocturnal arcs of her body far more connective to me than angles? Her body receives light with subtle gradations yet provides an unending Rothko depth. I too am soft, but not … Continue reading

Graphic novels / reading

Reading Life: Killing and Dying by Adrian Tomine

Killing and Dying by Adrian Tomine is a collection of six stories: “A Brief History of the Art Form Known as “Hortisculpture””; “Amber Sweet”; “Go Owls”; “Translated, from the Japanese”; “Killing and Dying”; and “Intruders.” In perfect Tomine-esque brevity -in both text and illustration– each story presents the spacious darkness of the human condition through … Continue reading

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Reading Life: Responding to the Eye in Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God

Note: I originally wrote this piece for my U.S. Studies in Ethnic Lit. course. It was such a pleasure to write reader response pieces. This was my second reading of Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God and it was wonderful! A hurricane is a brutal, destructive force of nature that, much like love can be a deceiving … Continue reading

19th c. British Lit / criticism / reading

Reading Life: The Frozen Deep by Wilkie Collins

Hesperus Classics Edition, 2012, £6.99. Originally published in 1874. In a nutshell: Frank Aldersley and Richard Wardour are in love with the same woman, Clara Burnham. Clara’s heart belongs to Frank, but Richard is convinced that Clara belongs to him. Through Clara’s ‘gift’ of second-sight, she foresees a horrible event that will take place between these … Continue reading