Category: Prose

Nun

By | John Samuel Tieman, Prose

I was always disappointed that I wasn’t beaten during high school.   That’s because I’m Catholic.   Catholics are supposed to be beaten by nuns, or at least have little scars on our knuckles to prove that we took piano lessons. So it was with some relief that yesterday I had this recovered memory. The nuns hated …

Thinking About Irina Ratushinskaya

By | Book Review, Prose, Susan Kelly-DeWitt

I’m not quite sure what got me thinking about Irina Ratushinskaya recently but something did, and brought back how closely I followed her work during the Eighties; poets all over the world took her case very personally. Many of us wrote letters protesting her imprisonment and asking for her release. (Here is a link to …

Lesson Plan: From An Inner City High School

By | Prose, Publius

There are a lot of reasons to quit this job.   Kate did.   I don’t blame her.   But of all the reasons to quit this job, the three best are depression, humiliation and rage. A freshman turns in the homework.   I look at his t-shirt, and see a disarming photo of a nice looking young man.   …

Life Lived in the Open Wound

By | Elizabeth Kirschner, Prose

I’ve lived most of my life, particularly my writing life which is a significant amount of time each day even on weekends and yes, holidays, too, in what I call the open wound. I don’t think I am alone in this, but believe the poetic disposition is particularly tuned into wounds. Some may have been …

Taps For Sgt. Salinger

By | John Samuel Tieman, Prose

J. D. Salinger died on the 27th of January.   He is best known as the author of one of the most critically acclaimed novels of the twentieth century, The Catcher In The Rye.   A contributor to such magazines as The New Yorker, Collier’s and The Saturday Evening Post, he made many notable contributions to literature, …

Merton

By | Poetics, Prose, Susan Kelly-DeWitt

Sweet brother, if I do not sleepMy eyes are flowers for your tomb So Merton wrote in “For My Brother: Reported Missing in Action, 1943.” Merton’s brother John Paul was killed after his plane crashed in the North Sea during a bombing mission. He was pulled from the water into a rubber dinghy but died …

A Commentary

By | John Samuel Tieman, Prose

Concerning public schools, we know all we need to know about educational reform. So what do teachers, principals and administrators know about reforming the public schools? Where do we begin? Four points. We need order in our schools. We need teachers to be empowered. We know that instruction should be individualized. We know that we …

In Defense of Luddites

By | Michael Simms, Prose

Most people over the age of 50 nowadays have an attitude toward technology similar to mine, I think.  I use technology everyday.  I depend on it to do my job, practice my art, and maintain my social contacts, but I’m leery of it.  It seems to fail when I most depend on it, and I …