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For A Recently Discovered Shipwreck At The Bottom Of Lake Michigan, Matthew Olzmann 2010 Butler University

For A Recently Discovered Shipwreck At The Bottom Of Lake Michigan, Matthew Olzmann

On Earth As It Is

4/2/2010

Dear Shipwreck,

Even though you’re over a century old, they say that everything inside you is still intact. Even the crew? Must be lonely. I’ll write again.


A Statement From The Defense, Erin McGraw 2010 Butler University

A Statement From The Defense, Erin Mcgraw

On Earth As It Is

Because you promised to be with me even to the end of time. Because you told me to be still and know who you are. Because it was said you would lead me through the shadow of the valley of death and take away my fear, but I still have my fear. Because you promised me repose.


Prayer For Amniocentesis, David McGlynn 2010 Butler University

Prayer For Amniocentesis, David Mcglynn

On Earth As It Is

We have been debating names for weeks, but now we choose one, Hayden, aware it’s a name we might have to bury. I sit on the edge of the bed and think about the vial of amniotic fluid—Katherine’s water—traveling by van to the lab in Milwaukee. I think of its soft amber color, its protective viscosity, its blizzard of DNA, the helix of Hayden’s existence a braid of Katherine’s alleles and mine.


A Prayer For Lack Of You, Kyle Minor 2010 Butler University

A Prayer For Lack Of You, Kyle Minor

On Earth As It Is

When I was a child I feared all the Old Testament curses—dogs, frogs, being struck down by forked lightning? Which were Old Testament curses and which were the talk of the traveling preachers in their white suits and black slickback hair? Either way, it doesn't matter. One was You and the other was You. You let anyone who wants to speak for You speak for You, so what is left for the children of the world to do but see You in the ones who speak for You? If You are You, shame on You, for sparing those ...


Lord, Ken Baumann 2010 Butler University

Lord, Ken Baumann

On Earth As It Is

ConAgra, bread-keeper; save us from our misery.
The stores dried up, people float in and out as if in a dream, wandering empty aisles and pushing imagined carts, checking out their bounty, self-scanning.
May you please render us saved.
And the farmers in Portland and Studio City and Brooklyn, with their small hands and meager yields, their rooftop stalks, they have been taken and put up in cages.
Make them free.


In Front Of The Black Sea, Matthew Batt 2010 Butler University

In Front Of The Black Sea, Matthew Batt

On Earth As It Is

Dear God,

Ali and Sema have a daughter!

It’s raining in St. Paul but

there was a spot right in front

of the Black Sea and I wasn’t going

to go—it was already almost three

and I thought I could just plow through

till dinner but then I saw the sign—

the sign! in the window! Ali and Sema

have a daughter!


Dear God, Kirsty Logan 2010 Butler University

Dear God, Kirsty Logan

On Earth As It Is

I call you god but you know I don't believe. I never have. well, maybe I did once, for a few months, when I was nine. remember that little book of bible stories, the one with the mustard-yellow cover and shiny red letters? of course you know. you know everything. or you would, if I believed.


Something To Be Desired, Diana Joseph 2010 Butler University

Something To Be Desired, Diana Joseph

On Earth As It Is

Maynard Prine of Reynold's Creek, West Virginia was fierce in his faith, an obedient servant of You, Lord, Your miracles, Your Mysterious Ways. It was Your mandate that my father take up the serpent, that he handle the flame. This man was not afraid.


Three Prayers, Melissa Broder 2010 Butler University

Three Prayers, Melissa Broder

On Earth As It Is

Pennsylvania Prayer

Bless me I was once myself and couldn't read

a thermostat. My mother's breasts were long

inside her bathrobe. Sometimes we were Polish.

I believe god knows these things about me

so I needn’t say them with heart. I'm afraid

to say anything with heart.


An Open Letter Of Prayer To The Country Of Russia, Sean Carman 2010 Butler University

An Open Letter Of Prayer To The Country Of Russia, Sean Carman

On Earth As It Is

Russia!

I know you only through your

quirky and enigmatic literature,

full of ranting underground lunatics,

characters who bustle and fly,

and noses that roam St. Petersburg.


Transubstance, Nicole Walker 2010 Butler University

Transubstance, Nicole Walker

On Earth As It Is

The word morph sounds so soft but there is

tugging and there is pulling. The unsticking of legs

from the threads breaks any thoughts of grace.


Hello, Brain, It's Me, Ray Vukcevich 2010 Butler University

Hello, Brain, It's Me, Ray Vukcevich

On Earth As It Is

Hello, 90% of my brain which is totally, or at least mostly, inaccessible to consciousness, this is the part of us that thinks of itself as “Ray Vukcevich” although sometimes we suspect that part is really “Henry.” Would people have called him “Hank” if things had developed a little differently? What I’m wondering about today is Time. It's a subject that seems so simple at first but is not at all simple and probably has a lot to do with Everything. I’d like to run it by you. I hope you will have ideas. I hope you ...


Secret Oxygen, Kim Thomas 2010 Butler University

Secret Oxygen, Kim Thomas

On Earth As It Is

The firemen access our building invisibly. I thought they would stop coming because you summoned strength against them. I’m sure the firemen have instructions for seizures. Kept in a red tool chest. Explicitly labeled help. I’m sure others, like you, ask them to leave. I understand this fear of judgment, yet it is not enough.


"I Never Ask", Matthew Specktor 2010 Butler University

"I Never Ask", Matthew Specktor

On Earth As It Is

What do you want from me? Where should I go? What am I waiting for? What’s your name? What about the other guy? How ‘bout those people I don’t know? Help that ugly girl, the guy who cut me off in traffic, the woman with the bad breath, those Craigslisters, the people who can’t spell. Help the Un-readers, O Lord, the people with Kindles, the Amazon shoppers, those folks who send too many Tweets. Bless the Status Updaters, who bore me, the breakfast-detailers and candid photographers, the ones with the burpy babies, the dying fish, the new ...


How To Become A Prayer, Giancarlo DiTrapano 2010 Butler University

How To Become A Prayer, Giancarlo Ditrapano

On Earth As It Is

Attention is the very essence of prayer. I am the bread of only my life. I look at prayers on the page. I read them and I lay my voice on top of the prayers. I drape them with my voice and make them mine. I put on my jacket and go out into the night to meet other prayers. I was nine when the Lord wasn’t watching over my family as I had prayed he would for all of those nights. The fuck, he smashed my brother’s car into a utility pole on a south Florida interstate ...


Mastering The Digital Age: How The Liberal Arts Can Turn Technology Into Progress, Caleb Hamman 2010 Butler University

Mastering The Digital Age: How The Liberal Arts Can Turn Technology Into Progress, Caleb Hamman

Kristi Schultz Broughton Liberal Arts Essay Contest

2010 Topic: "The Importance of the Liberal Arts in a Digital Age"

The immediacy and ease of publication is fraught with pitfalls and potential issues that provide new challenges for the next generation of readers, writers, and thinkers. Consider the place of your liberal arts education in this mix and write an essay in which you analyze how that education has better prepared you as a consumer of, contributor to, and critic of the texts that flow from new media outlets.


Calculogue, Susan Holbrook 2010 University of Windsor

Calculogue, Susan Holbrook

Creative Writing Publications

No abstract provided.


3 Poems: Transcribing The Letters Of Gertrude Stein And Virgil Thomson; Aside From; Red-Coral-To-Wet- Castanet, Susan Holbrook 2010 University of Windsor

3 Poems: Transcribing The Letters Of Gertrude Stein And Virgil Thomson; Aside From; Red-Coral-To-Wet- Castanet, Susan Holbrook

Creative Writing Publications

No abstract provided.


Commonthought (2010), Commonthought Staff 2010 Lesley University

Commonthought (2010), Commonthought Staff

Commonthought

This issue features works created by Lesley University students and covers a broad range of topics. The work itself crosses many disciplines from creative writing to visual arts.


“The Base, Cursed Thing”: Panther Attacks, Ecotones, And Antebellum American Fiction, Matthew Sivils 2010 Iowa State University

“The Base, Cursed Thing”: Panther Attacks, Ecotones, And Antebellum American Fiction, Matthew Sivils

English Publications

The panther attack scenes found in the fiction of Charles Brockden Brown (1771-1810), James Fenimore Cooper (1789-1851), and Harriet Prescott Spofford (1835-1921) portray these animals as literary monsters indicative of a developing American environmental anxiety. Drawing on a selection of recent critical studies dealing with both antebellum American fiction and ecocriticism, I suggest that these scenes reveal, especially through their depiction of panther attacks in what ecologists now refer to as anthropogenic ecotones (human-made environmental edges), the beginnings of an American cultural recognition of environmental degradation. Ultimately these panther attack scenes prefigure an American environmental ethic, revealing an instructive early ...


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