Experimental Fiction

New Writer: Hello, Mr. Editor. I have a story that I would like you to read. Old Editor: I figured you would. New Writer: Well, will you read it? Old Editor: I already read it, actually. New Writer: No way! When did you read it? Old Editor: Just this second. New Writer: Wow, you are … Continue reading Experimental Fiction

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On Miley Cyrus and the Role of Grammar in Creative Writing

Miley Cyrus just can't catch a break these days. From valid criticisms of her performance at the MTV Video Music Awards to the nearly half a dozen open letters she's received from Sinead O'Connor, the 20-year-old pop star can't stop ruffling feathers. Perhaps the nerdiest rebuke came three weeks ago when indie-rock multi-instrumentalist Sufjan Stevens … Continue reading On Miley Cyrus and the Role of Grammar in Creative Writing

Introducing Unexpected Objects: An Idea for Reviving or Finishing Difficult Poems

Lately, I’ve been dropping lures into my poems. Lures that would otherwise catch walleye in some small lake in northern Michigan are cropping up in my work to help me explore difficult subjects. The fact that lures are objects used to do something, that they are part of an action, made them particularly interesting and … Continue reading Introducing Unexpected Objects: An Idea for Reviving or Finishing Difficult Poems