Pennsylvania Literary Journal

Articles from Vol. 7, No. 1, Spring

Grasshopper While Reading Isaiah for Billy Collins
and the inhabitants thereof are as grasshoppersthe Lord himself shall give you a signA day of calamity it was, miseryheaped upon woe, nothing extraordinary, no cataclysms,just surfeit, accumulation: regrets, sorrows, grievances, shame .all the stuff...
Interview With: Michael Spencer
Address: 2245 Ninevah Rd., Frankfort, KY 40601On: 4/7/2015,4:18pmMy interview with Michael Spencer was the last in this series of interviews with farmers. Richard gave me his phone number and helped me to setup this appointment. Michael's house looked...
Interview With: Patsy Webb (70)
Address: Alexander Farms, 624 Woodlake Rd., Midway, KY 40347On: 4/6/2015,1:11pmI met Patsy Webb at her little white house in the middle of the Alexander Farms. She took me around to show me her cows and the farm grounds. We did the interview in her kitchen,...
Interview with Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author of March, Geraldine Brooks
Geraldine Brooks: Geraldine Brooks was a reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald, and, after winning a Greg Shackleton Memorial Scholarship, she completed a Master's degree at New York City's Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in 1983....
Interview With: Richard Jones (57)
Address: Happy Jack's Pumpkin Farm966 Hickman Hill Rd., Frankfort, KY 40601On: 4/7/2015,10:12amI had a weekend off from working in the archives at the Kentucky Historical Society, where I was on a fellowship, and I googled "public farm near Frankfort,...
Interview With: Rick Traylor (54)
Address: 821 Bedford Rd., Midway, KY 40347On: 4/7/2015,1:45pmI met with Rick Traylor in his mobile home. According to Zillow, it was built in 1991, and a couple of other people besides the three members of the Traylor family have lived in it since that...
Introduction
This issue begins with an interview with the Pulitzer Prize winning author, Geraldine Brooks, who talks about the writing craft, her novels and her life outside of fiction. This feature is followed by four interviews with farmers from the Frankfort,...
Kafkaesque
And there is a display of a quite different kind of imagery from within, which we experience best at night, in sleep, but which may also break into our daylight lives and even destroy us with madness.-Joseph CampbellI open my front door and call my wife's...
Luis Rafael Sánchez's Drama the Passion of Antígona Pérez and the Portable Antigone
This essay focuses on the literary figure of Sophocles' Antigone, who seems to have taken on a life independent of the play in which she was first featured, Antigone (441 B.C.) She has since appeared in numerous other plays, operas, and films -even in...
Max Planck: A Micro-Biography
As a young man Planck fancied he mightdevote himself to one of his three great loves:classical music, letters or physics.He abandoned music because he felthe wasn't good enough; he gave up lettersbecause, under the lucid spell of Boltzmann,he found it...
Midnight Chimes
I lie in mournful solace awaiting death'sLast advance, the burgeoning winter of myLife reflected beyond the cold, who seeps pastCreaking window sills to watering eyesClamped shut in blindness. My body prone,Lightly shrouded amidst a growing pitOf eternal...
Narcissus
In Ovid's tale he pines over himselfIn the mirrored water until he dies, but older versionsCall it suicide. In either case it's Nemesis,The spirit of retribution for hubris, who (that?) luresHim to the fatal pool. And, after all, what can we expectFrom...
Neorealism, History, and the Children's Film: Vittorio De Sica's the Children Are Watching Us Reconsidered
Where children are concerned, two myths predominate on film: that of the original innocence of children, an innocence that only becomes sullied by contact with the society of grown-ups; and that of the child-as-fatherto-the-man, of childhood as a prelude...
Reexamining Jean Giono's Ecocentric, Decentered Philosophy in the Pan Trilogy
Numerous specialists including Kathy Comfort, Jean Florent Romaric Gnayoro, and François Guichard tend to divide Jean Giono's prolific oeuvre into two distinct phases. Standard interpretations of Giono's body of work affirm that the author began to reflect...
Soon after the Death of Wendell Blake, Esq., A Story Was Found
Are there too few tales that dare to depict the evils of happiness? If so, it may be that the story which is recorded here -I happened upon it, handwritten, among our late colleague's papers, filed away among the court briefs and memoranda -came partly...
The Abraham Lincoln Farm Cabin Myth: Prideful Love for the Kentucky Land in Wars and Poetry
Kentucky was "discovered" in 1543 by the Spaniards, who with only 350 men led by Luis de Moscoso traveled in 21 boats down the Mississippi river, while they were escaping from the pursuing Native Americans. The land came into the control of the English...
The Shannon in December
Her damp stabbing fragrance clings fastTo the breeze, creeping like an ox cart 'roundObstructions of crumbling quarry stoneCasting shadows on frozen ground.Its waters in darkened valleys and cornersBring forth sustenance for life,And color golden tapestries...
Transposing Measure for Measure to New York in the 1970s
Most literary critics consider Shakespeare's Measure for Measure a "problem play" because it mingles comedy and tragedy, presents both the degenerate and the noble aspects of humanity, frequently changes tone, and concludes without fully resolving the...
Virginia Festival of the Book Trip
Since, I am working independently this year; I've had more time to travel to various conferences and festivals to present and to market Anaphora. The most recent of these trips was to the Virginia Festival of the Book on March 21-22 (Saturday and Sunday)....
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