The Rise of the Cli-Fi Literary Genre – By Danny Bloom

As the 20th century began to morph into the 21st century in the late 1990s, the global landscape of cultural production started to teem...

What is a Poem ? – By Michael Angel Martin

What Is a Poem? Not Sure. But Let Me Count the Ways       One of the best lessons I have learned as a writer of...

When Earth and Sky Intermingle : Science and Poetry – By Michael G. Smith

Poetry has never revealed its full face to anyone. Its beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder. It defies any attempt at a...

The Rise of the Fragmented Novel (An Essay in 26 Fragments ) ...

1 Mainstream literary fiction is falling to pieces. 2 This may not be a bad thing. 3 The fragmented novel has been a mainstay of the literary world for...

Notes on Conceptual Fiction – By Ted Gioia

1. Is it possible that the idea of "realism" as a guiding principle for fiction is itself unrealistic?  After all, there are no Newtonian laws in stories—an...

Time to Rise – Cli-Fi and the Responsibility of New Visions – By Jim...

  Cli-Fi cuts too close to home. Climate Fiction isn’t exactly speculative fiction or science fiction. It is the right here, right now. Our destructiveness...

Translation as Transhumance – By Mireille Gansel (Translated from the French by Ros Schwartz)...

(In this beautiful memoir of a life lived in and through translation, Mireille Gansel defines the process of bringing words from one language to...

‘Landscape Painted with Tea’ as an Ecological Novel – By Jasmina Mihajlovic

"Suddenly I freeze. I sense, I clearly sense, somebody watching me. Somebody's eyes are fixed upon me. And then I realize that staring out...

The Eight Memes of the Postmodern Mystery – By Ted Gioia

  What do postmodern writers have against the mystery novel?  For reasons that perhaps only a Lacan or Derrida could deconstruct, they have turned to it again...

The Stories We Tell Ourselves: A Look Through the Lenses of Zen Buddhism and...

  In his poem Can Palat W.S. Merwin reminisces about an abandoned, hillside farmstead he encountered as a young man. On a terrace he finds an...
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