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Comics: The Building Blocks of Culture

Richard Graham's Literature as Comics
Comic Image

Google-eyed. Jeep. Rube Goldberg devices. Dagwood sandwiches. Buster Brown shoes. Mickey Mouse college courses. All of these common phrases and descriptors are derived from comic strips, books, or artists. It’s fun to see the wide-ranging influences of a typically cast-upon popular media. So often regarded with disdain and suspicion, yet also certainly loved and treasured, comics ought to be respected for what they have given to American cultures, popular or otherwise.

Creative Nonfiction Contest Winner!

Melissa Febos
Congratulations to Melissa Febos, winner of Prairie Schooner's second annual Creative Nonfiction Contest! We received more than 500 excellent submissions, and contest judge Lia Purpura had this to say about Febos's winning essay, “Call My Name":

Briefly Noted – September 2013

Monthly book reviews in brief from the staff of Prairie Schooner and associates
The Cuckoo's Calling

Monthly book reviews in brief from the staff of Prairie Schooner and associates.

Vol. 2 Issue 5. August 2013. Ed. James Madison Redd.

The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith | Reviewed by Jacqueline H. Harris What the River Carries by Lisa Knopp | Reviewed by Caitie Leibman Driving on the Rim by Thomas McGuane (A Short-shrifted Review) | Reviewed by Shane Moritz

Indian Poetry on Social Media: Beyond Doggerel and Heartbreak Rhymes

by Nabina Das
Painting By A.A. Almelkar (1920-1982)
The latest phenomenon in Indian poetry is its increased presence on Facebook, the popular social media network, and this is no flippant event at all. With myriad languages and a large number of literatures, Indian poetry cannot be summarized in one simple way. When the group called INDIAN POETRY got started a couple of years ago, it evoked in me a range of feelings including awe, interest, disbelief, and indignation.

Simple, Clichéd Phrases can have Profound Meaning

World Wide Poetry Studio Interviews Michael Symmons Roberts
Michael Symmons Roberts
I was recently commissioned to write a poem for a bio-medicine and poetry project happening in the UK. As I set about writing and researching my contribution, I thought of the poet Michael Symmons Roberts whose most recent collection, Drysalter, is earning a tremendous amount of praise and has been shortlisted for the 2013 Forward Prize. We had a lengthy conversation, but here is an excerpt of Roberts and me discussing a couple of his commissioned poems.

You Have Died of Dysentery

Farewell Prairie Schooner by Eric Jones

When I hitched my spurs to the wagon a year ago I had no idea how fast a prairie schooner could go. We were essentially a party of three. Marianne Kunkel, a phenomenal Managing Editor. Kwame Dawes, the insane genius who drives this rig. And myself, the web editor. I play video games. So it’s us three and we’re going along like that old educational point-and-click game, The Oregon Trail, except its more historically accurate because we’re crossing a vast digital plain made up ones and zeros. 

Briefly Noted – August 2013

Monthly book reviews in brief from the staff of Prairie Schooner and associates
Incarnadine - Mary Szybist

Monthly book reviews in brief from the staff of Prairie Schooner and associates.

Vol. 2 Issue 5. August 2013. Ed. James Madison Redd.

Incarnadine by Mary Szybist | Reviewed by James Crews The Genius of J. Robert Oppenheimer by William Todd Seabrook | Reviewed by Jeff Alessandrelli A Gentleman of Leisure [or The Intrusion of Jimmy] by P.G. Wodehouse | Reviewed by Jacqueline H. Harris (A Short-shrifted Review) Diary of the One Swelling Sea by Jill McCabe Johnson | Reviewed by Jack Hill

Shoot Lists, Not Drugs, Or, The Great List Rapture

Natalie Diaz on Sports & Poetry
A Grocery List
This is not the blog I planned on writing this time around, but how could I not be carried away by the Great Depressing List Fad of 2013, or judging by the myriad commentary and speculation and prediction on Facebook, what we might as well call The Great List Rapture: Everyone got put on the list, but I was left out.

The Essay is Wildly Capacious

An Interview with Lia Purpura
Lia Purpura
The deadline for our second annual Creative Nonfiction Contest is fast approaching! We've already received many excellent submissions--get yours in by August 31! To inspire you, here's an interview with this year’s contest judge, Lia Purpura.

Astrology - A Very Poetic System

An Interview with Poet Rachael Boast
Rachael Boast
A new post from the Worldwide Poetry Studio with Ryan Van Winkle: After reading Rachael Boast's highly-praised and extremely rewarding first collection, Van Winkle discovers she is a star-gazing student of astrology. In their conversation about her Forward Prize-winning book, Sidereal, they examine her relationship to stars, sky, time, and patterns and how it affects the structure and content of her excellent debut.

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