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A Rough Symmetry: Listening for a Poem’s Golden Tone
Art / Beauty / Ideas / Lit / National Poetry Month / Poetry

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

In the film Before Sunrise, the character Celine mentions that God exists in the space between people—in our connections and conversations. Nowhere is this more accurate than in the connection a poet has to his/her reader, it seems. When we read a poem we cherish, or when we write poems that others love, we tap into the radical symmetry of poetry. Continue reading »

Dayum Baby: Should Iggy Azalea Be Writing About Female Empowerment?
Feminism / Ideas / Music / Pop music / Society & Culture / Sounds

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

How much can outsiders really be a part of a specific musical culture? Does your background determine whether or not you are qualified or allowed to enter the rap game? Prominent theorists like bell hooks warn about the dangers of appropriation of black culture. hooks also speaks at length about essentialism and calls for a more varied picture of what makes up black culture. Continue reading »

Manic Pixie Body Dysmorphia: A True Story
Confessions / Health / Ideas / Society & Culture

Manic Pixie Body Dysmorphia: A True Story

What is our society’s obsession with sickness about? Why is our society fascinated with so-called “trainwrecks,” women who do not engage in “acceptable” healthy behavior, women who may be struggling or dealing with an addiction or disorder and dare to not hide it from the public eye? Their afflictions and corresponding behaviors are simultaneously glamorized and demonized by the media. They are urged to seek help while magazines make a living mocking their fallen moments. Continue reading »