A Vision Quest

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1. Rae hates her given name but cannot speak openly about her dislike of it because it is also the name of her beloved grandmother, who has emotionally and financially encouraged Rae to leave Kingsport, Tennessee, the better to seek her destiny…
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Excerpt from Our Daily Breach: The Pacific

71dFJmaiIaLIshmael’s rich meditation on the Pacific Ocean is one of the most imaginative and over-arching in the voyage of words he crafts. It brings to his consciousness the nature of mystery as well as the mystery of Nature, with its countless teeming and often invisible life forms as well as the myriad wishes and dreams of mankind… Continue reading

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Two Poems by Joanna Gardner

"Cupid and Psyche," Domenico Corvi, 1784She stands beside her sleeping lover,
oil lamp held high. She’s never seen
his legs and wings, torso swelling

with his breath, his face as soft as
any girl’s, and here is where it turns
her—water into wine… Continue reading

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Why Mythology?

ganesha in perilEvery morning, I get up to teach an hour-long mythology class to twenty-nine sleep deprived high schoolers, starting at 6:56 A.M. We leave the world of modernity behind, then venture into the pantheons of Ancient Greece and Rome. We meditate on Hindu deities. We listen to Buddhist mantras. We read tales from the Mayan, Haitian, Navajo cultures… Continue reading

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