Pennsylvania Literary Journal

Articles from Vol. 6, No. 3, Fall

A Brief History of Shadows, a Natural History of the Night Before
Were the shadowsin the snowfields lavenderas Pushkin pushed off in ermine,la-la-ing his love poems alone?Can you view through the skylineAnsel Adams and Pollux?Oh, stop. It was Lawrence.Oh no, it was nightshift.Manhattan's entirely upsidedown in a dew...
An Encounter with Nietzsche
Neo was seated in his studio apartment one evening when I paid him a visit. He had just returned from Paris. Like me, he was a lecturer in a private college that prepared students to study in universities across the UK. It was one of those encounters...
An Exploration of Foucauldian Disciplinary Power in Alain Tasma and Dalila Kerchouche's Film Harkis (2006)
I. IntroductionAlthough Géraldine Enjelvin and Nada Korac-Kakabadse identify the film Harkis as "the most visible representation of the Harkis' collective memory in French society," studies that examine this cinematic work are rather scant (157). Given...
Cat in a Tree
The rain falls in a fine phosphorescent mist, the streetlights glitter in the puddles at our feet. Tonight our steps take us to the little church of the Guardian Angels. Its wooden door is heavy, but swings easily in our hand. We pass through the foyer-narthex...
Cynthia Lowen's the Cloud That Contained the Lightning: The National Poetry Series
Cynthia Lowen's The Cloud That Contained the Lightning: The National Poetry Series The University of Georgia Press (2013) ISBN-13: 978-0-8203-4564-2This is narrative free poetry with a string of political and cultural messages. Many of the statements...
Everything's Real Somewhere, They Say
Lily Rowena, the poor relation, tongue-tied at a birthday teaAlong gray sedge, a golden swan surveys the hidden hunterssees six women bonding with articulate eyebrows-whose arrows are aimed at her clairvoyant neck.lace, éclairs, and red velvet cake-not...
Evie Robillard's the Willowslip: New Women's Voices Series, No. 105
Evie Robillard's The Willowslip: New Women's Voices Series, No. 105 Finishing Line Press (2014) ISBN-13: 978-1-622295-64-7The first thing one notices about this chapbook are the unique printing and cover design. The image is a pigeon made out of text...
Fernand Crommelynck, Golden Guts, and Twentieth-Century Western Drama
The international reputation of Fernand Crommelynck (1886-1970) was established in 1922 when Meyerhold directed his most important-and sub- sequently most popular-play, The Magnificent Cuckold (Le Cocu magnifique) in Moscow. This Belgian author's other...
Frank X Walker's Turn Me Loose: The Unghosting of Medgar Evers
Frank X Walker's Turn Me Loose: The Unghosting of Medgar Evers The University of Georgia Press (2013) ISBN-13: 978-0-8203-4541-3Here is a poetry collection with a clear purpose, motive and ideological structure, which is rare in modern poetics. This...
Gravity's Rainbow and the Game of Go
There are indications that Thomas Pynchon's 1973 book Gravity's Rainbow is patterned after a traditional Oriental Go game. The game originated in China about 2500 years ago and is popular now all over Asia. In Japan, it is a national pastime, and there...
Ignorance and Bliss
One morning I went down to breakfast, and there was not a single potato left. Mum was «0/hovering over the table with a saucepan and a dollop of warm mash waiting to be spooned onto my plate like she did every other day. She was standing at the stove...
Inner Space
Stephen Hawking,tied to his wheelchair and his talking computer,hoped to fly weightlessjust below outer spacefor one short trip.Outliving Lou Gehrig,trapped in that immobile bodybut with childrenand grandchildren,he is not tranquil in the head.He will...
Introduction
This issue includes nine reviews from the Editor, Anna Faktorovich, of recendy released poetry collections, with a special look at the recurring styles and themes and cover design. The essays focus on modern and postmodern cultural artifacts. There are...
Jackson
Repugnant, but you liked him.If you didn't, he'd kill you.PolkThoreau compared him to an ant.When the Alamo fellhe devoured salty enchiladasand crossed Santa Anaout with a pencil.HardingNot bad to fade outlike a soft pink stone.Though now there's talkof...
Jason Schossler's Mud Cakes
Jason Schossler's Mud Cakes Bona Fide Books (2011) ISBN-13: 978-1-936511-01-3The cover design, the author's photograph, and the short titles of these poems suggest a lighter collection, but there is surprising depth to this examination of modern pop...
Jonathan Edwards
There, mumbling in circles, "infinite upon infinite,"the gaunt, hunched, profoundly disturbed shadow,tallying up his sins, so formidable, he deservesto be stowed below hell. So he skulksto the howling wilderness, harnesses his horse,awaits, sweaty, apprehensive,...
Karen Holmberg's Axis Mundi Poems
Karen Holmberg's Axis Mundi Poems BkMk Press: University of Missouri-Kansas City (2013) ISBN-13: 978-1-886157-83-5The cover and interior design is curious for somebody that is always looking for new design ideas. The designer took the outlines of a bird,...
Michelle Wing's Body on the Wall
Michelle Wing's Body on the Wall Saddle Road Press (2014) ISBN-13: 978-0-991395-20-0A sensual collection, full of tantalizing lesbian poetry: "moaning with pleasure at her softness/ encircling her wrist with my fingers/ breathing in her woman smell/...
Miracles
In some localities in the far eastwhere families live on the edgeof permanent hunger, even starvation,a virgin daughter is an assetand perhaps the only investmentcapital the family has to spend.Fortunately, men living there,or within commuting distance,primarily...
Murray Silverstein's Master of Leaves
Murray Silverstein's Master of Leaves Sixteen Rivers Press (2014) ISBN-13: 978-1-939639-05-9This is a primarily free-verse poetry collection, which mixes different stanza lengths (two lines to a single stanza in a poem), line-lengths, meters, and some...
No Curtain Call
Today glamour and jesting diedor at least the icons of each,and obituaries bloomed likethe purple asters of autumn.There was the sultry spouseof the hardboiled actor whoabandoned her in a cloudof cigarette smoke to finda replica for the rest of her life.Aged...
Pearl Harbor Remembered
The school built an obstacle course in the playing fields,a condensed version of those created to train foot soldiers,for us high school boys, scrawny or fat, who would reallyrather play catch.We scaled walls in awkward scrambleto prepare retribution...
Peter Marcus's Dark Square
Peter Marcus's Dark Square Pleasure Boat Studio: A literary Press (2012) ISBN-13: 978-1-929355-82-2As the title suggests, this is a darker narrative poetry collection. The photo on the cover is a great representation of the central :eme. The black and...
Psychoanalysis
Freud prowls the gravid streets of Viennain a long silver Cadillac, stops for Rankat a corner, the plaza throbbing with bourgeoisie.Padents! Freud cries from the window,symptoms are deflecdons, inerdal hazefrom where you saw your mother naked,sat on...
Restrict
I have no friends-I don't so much wake with thisas I do dream it. The heated wetness from fever,the crude oil burning my lungs, and you reaching down therefriend, who is no longer my friend. Who cannot keep your handsfrom getting ill, who cannot keep...
Rise in Popularity
The door opens to snow and a radio show'sA Christian has to believe everyonewho is not Christian goes to hellor they are not Christian and will also go to hell.But that Southern hymn with cellos and banjosabout the dove and the shoe polish shopis so...
Robert McNamara's Incomplete Strangers
Robert McNamara's Incomplete Strangers Lost Horse Press (2013) ISBN-13: 978-0-9883166-3-8Here is cover design at its best. There are streaks of light red paint at the top that lead the eye downwards, past a symbolic lone light bulb, to the figures of...
Texas Jug
^ ^ exas Jug" ls a fictional story about a young man who travels ^ ^ I from Missouri to Texas with his father to help their sister/ -JL. daughter move back to Missouri. It is a road story and ostensibly a man-versus-man story because Jug and his father...
The Nature of Drama, or Drama and Nature: Notes on Some American Plays
For a moment I lost myself... I was set free! I dissolved in the sea, became white sails and flying spray, became beauty and rhythm, became moonlight and the ship and the high dim-starred sky! I belonged, without past or future, within peace and unity...
Three Spirits from the City of Anguish
Spirit the First's mouth is a violet-pentagram, petal and drawstring.She kisses my head and the sound caves in.I'm deaf to everything but the banterbroken bone flowers lisp aloud in moonlife.The goat ghost unravels her night kerchiefsfrom tobacco pockets-embroideredwith...
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