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On Logic the Rapper

On Logic the Rapper

By Nick Chheoun   Rapper Logic has been in the spotlight recently for his song 1-800-273-8255, which addresses mental health. He says that this song is  “the most important song I ever wrote.” The song name is the number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, […]

“The Neutron Star”

“The Neutron Star”

By Vince Granata For more than two years, I’ve admired the string of embassies lining Massachusetts Avenue while riding the bus to campus. Yet, it wasn’t until Monday that I was able to set foot in one of these compounds. Thanks to David Keplinger and […]

On New Words

On New Words

By Nick Chheoun   Last week, I was the substitute teacher for a high school Arabic class. In this class, I hear a girl say, “Man, some people at this school are too sweet.” I asked her what she meant by that only to get […]

On Translating Absence

On Translating Absence

By Jessica Harris I was once asked if I had ever experienced absence or a great heart presence. I struggled with recounting whether I had or not. What I do believe is that absence is an underlying thread in life. A familiar language for some […]

A Contemplation: The Center Will Not Hold

A Contemplation: The Center Will Not Hold

By Emily Moses   I’ve offered to write about Joan Didion and, as I sit here, watching The Center Will Not Hold for the fourth time in half as many weeks, I regret my offer. I am not sure what I thought I would find […]

Visiting Writer’s Series: Jan Wagner

Visiting Writer’s Series: Jan Wagner

By Vince Granata   In advance of Wednesday’s Visiting Writer event, I had the opportunity to ask Jan Wagner several questions about his new collection of poetry, collaborating with David Keplinger, object studies, the challenge of translation, and dachshunds. Join us on Wednesday to continue the conversation with Wagner […]

Book Review: Ben Lerner’s 10:04

Book Review: Ben Lerner’s 10:04

By Nick Chhoeun “The future which is necessarily a fiction—it literally hasn’t happened yet—so intensely determines the texture of the present. In that sense, we always live in relation to a fiction.” This is how Ben Lerner describes his 2014 novel, 10:04, in an interview with The Public […]

Favorite Sentence: I Must Lie Down Where All the Ladders Start

Favorite Sentence: I Must Lie Down Where All the Ladders Start

By Nick Chhoeun I must break the rule slightly because the sentence that stuck out to me when thinking about my favorite sentence is actually two lines from the poem The Circus Animals’ Desertion by W.B Yeats. The lines are, I must lie down where […]

Book Review: Quiereme by Juliana Delgado Lopera

Book Review: Quiereme by Juliana Delgado Lopera

By Yohanca Delgado In Japan, repairing broken pottery is an art form called Kintsugi (“golden joinery”), which uses gold to meld the broken pieces back together. In her book of essays, Quiéreme (“Love Me”), Juliana Delgado Lopera’s outlines the ways in the which the self […]

The Poetry Bot

The Poetry Bot

By Vince Granata  Admittedly, I’m not a twitter aficionado. Admittedly, I have a deep and abiding fear of the looming Singularity. But, with the help of some of my non-luddite friends, I’m coming around to the idea that a marriage of these two—twitter and A.I.—might […]