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When The Band Broke Up, Debra Marquart 2017 Iowa State University

When The Band Broke Up, Debra Marquart

Debra Marquart

Randy took off with the PA. Al got the 24-channel mixing board. The strobe lights, flash pots, pars, cams, and spotlights went to Greg. Mike got the power amps, EQs, and drum risers. And I came into possession of a 74-passenger school bus. Chromium yellow with shiny reflectors flashing red and yellow on the roof like crazy eyeballs. Super-wide side mirrors mounted on the hood...


Tell It Cool: On Restraint In Writing, Debra Marquart 2017 Iowa State University

Tell It Cool: On Restraint In Writing, Debra Marquart

Debra Marquart

For years, I've encouraged students to "tell it cool" when narrating a tale that is harrowing or emotional. A cool narrator can be a buoy in rough waters. I've always thought this advice came from Hemingway, but at this moment as I search my bookshelves for the place where Hemingway said it, I can't put my finger on the quote. I know it's in there somewhere, likely in one of the letters (bossy letters full of unsolicited advice and signed "Papa" when friends were just writing to ask for money)...


The Microphone Eroctic, Debra Marquart 2017 Iowa State University

The Microphone Eroctic, Debra Marquart

Debra Marquart

Tired of not being heard in a crowd? Tired of your hellos and excuse mes getting lost in great waves of small talk? Want to be heard above the roar of social chatter when you step up to sing? Well, let me introduce you to the high-performance Electro-Voice PL-80 dynamic supercardioid microphone...


Some Things About That Day, Debra Marquart 2017 Iowa State University

Some Things About That Day, Debra Marquart

Debra Marquart

The placards I walked through. The wet raincoat on a hook. The questionnaire on a clipboard placed before me. Couples sat around me in the waiting room. They were young. What am I saying? I was only thirty-two.


The Perils Of Travel, Debra Marquart 2017 Iowa State University

The Perils Of Travel, Debra Marquart

Debra Marquart

Something that unnerves me when I fly on certain European airlines is the way that passengers will applaud at touchdown, as if a crash landing were the norm, so an uneventful landing is a cause for celebration.


Reconsidering An Agricultural Childhood, Debra Marquart 2017 Iowa State University

Reconsidering An Agricultural Childhood, Debra Marquart

Debra Marquart

In an interview titled, "Field Observations," the environmentalist and writer, Wendell Berry, spoke about long-range decisions he was making for his farmland in the Kentucky River Valley. "What I'm going to do here." he explained to the interviewer as they walked Berry's upland pastures, "is grow an old -growth forest. It will take about 200 years, and I won't live to see it."


Refusing Nostalgia: On Geographical Flight And Cultural Amnesia, Debra Marquart 2017 Iowa State University

Refusing Nostalgia: On Geographical Flight And Cultural Amnesia, Debra Marquart

Debra Marquart

As a child, I was a map gazer. I'd set my small finger down in Alsace, in that blessed valley of castles, church spires, vineyards, and rolling fields of sunflowers between the Vosges Mountains and the Rhine river, then I'd tramp my fingers like a small scissors eastward through Germany. I'd touch down on the shore of the Danube and trace its long artery, the eastern route my ancestors took in 1803 to reach Odessa on the Black Sea. I longed to feel under my fingertips the slow progress of the overland caravan, the teams of oxen ...


Cell, Debra Marquart 2017 Iowa State University

Cell, Debra Marquart

Debra Marquart

Lately I've been calling myself when necessity requires, the landline part of me who has a meeting and must be out the door dials the cell self lost in the deep pocket...


Chores, Debra Marquart 2017 Iowa State University

Chores, Debra Marquart

Debra Marquart

There is a gravel road about a quarter-mile long leading out of my parents' farm in North Dakota that leads to another gravel road about a half-mile long, which eventually meets up with Highway 3, the two-lane blacktop that runs through my hometown. When I was a kid, I sat for hours in my brother's bedroom facing the highway, and I kept a running tally of how many cars and trucks passed our farm...


The Funeral, Katherine M. Carithers 2017 Dartmouth College

The Funeral, Katherine M. Carithers

HUMBUG

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Lives Awash In Neon, Logan T. Collins 2017 Dartmouth College

Lives Awash In Neon, Logan T. Collins

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The Mouse, Katherine M. Carithers 2017 Dartmouth College

The Mouse, Katherine M. Carithers

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On Combustion, Tommy E. Hart 2017 Dartmouth College

On Combustion, Tommy E. Hart

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The Whether And Nots (Excerpt), Kylee J. Sibilia 2017 Dartmouth

The Whether And Nots (Excerpt), Kylee J. Sibilia

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The Storm, Katherine M. Carithers 2017 Dartmouth College

The Storm, Katherine M. Carithers

HUMBUG

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Firefly Heaven, Logan T. Collins 2017 Dartmouth College

Firefly Heaven, Logan T. Collins

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Dragon Season, Madeleine R. Waters 2017 Dartmouth

Dragon Season, Madeleine R. Waters

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Editor's Note, Madeleine R. Waters 2017 Dartmouth

Editor's Note, Madeleine R. Waters

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Safe, Patricia Lent 2017 P.S. 234

Safe, Patricia Lent

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The first four sections of this essay chronicle her attempts to make sense of September 11 in the succeeding weeks and months. The final section—”Corn, Beans, and Squash”—was written to and for her students at the end of the school year.


Home Movies, Vicki L. Reitenauer 2017 Portland State University

Home Movies, Vicki L. Reitenauer

Vicki Reitenauer

This is a piece of creative nonfiction


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