March monthly spotlight

>> Featuring poetry by Kim Welliver, fiction by Michael A. Ferro, and visual art by John Timothy Robinson

April Book review

>>  At the End of Love: A Review of Amy Meng’s Bridled, // Book Review by M. A. Vizsolyi

At the end of it all, for Meng and hopefully for all of us, there is a lesson—a lesson made more beautiful by the painful experiences which informed its material, a lesson about who we are when looking at the face of love and who we are when looking away.

Issue 6

Homemaking and other poems// by Tina Mozelle Braziel

“Home is made / as the pressure cooker whistles

through a singlewide. // Made under that throng of

willow flies, / where piers hammer us to this drift of


>> Bolt // hybrid by Sarah Dayley

“He will wake and where in the night could you go?

Outside, wind and dirty streetlights. Every window

dark. Hold still. Tell the legs they don’t feel like

kicking. Everyone loves the Beloved Boyfriend. Tell

yourself that dreams and life are separate.”

>> The Mouse // nonfiction by Aholaah Arzah

“The old house has always been a variable symphony of

creaks and shudders, small shiftings, tiny snaps and

crackles. It is possible that the mouse and I have been

cohabiting for years. Odd how the furtive actions of

small things have such reverberations.”

and more here!


Duende is the national literary journal of Goddard College's BFA program. Along with an issue published
each fall, we regularly update our website with
new stories, poems, & art.


Mary Curtain

Mary Curtain

Olivia Inwood

Olivia Inwood



States of mind feature

>> my grandma feeds the cats and other poems // by Angie Sijun Lou

"my mother says / 'letting 奶奶 raise you is regret i take / to the grave' / inside her grave there is / a disinfected suburbia..."

>> Khawaaga: Eyes Always Watching // nonfiction by Maryah Converse

"My experience of khawaaga did, however, open something of a side door for me into understanding privilege and oppression. In my travels abroad, my white privilege had magnified into American privilege, the advantages it gave me so pronounced that I couldn’t fail to see them."

and other work here!

Holly Wilson

Holly Wilson

Katie Anhalt

Katie Anhalt



(stay awhile, browse, reflect, enjoy)

THE COSMIC MILLIMETER // poetry by Alessandra Narváez-Varela

"eyes so green, a face so round, they had / to be tasted / by a man who hugged so hard her hymen / broke, who said without / music: 'pull your pants down, Chilean princesita"

THE INCIDENCE IN WOMEN IS HIGHER AFTER 30 // collaboration by Trinity Tibe and Cameron Cox

"Please let me be the mirror in the bowl of a spoon / where physics moonlights as magic / and bent light convinces the optic marble / it's abandoned gravity"

and more HERE!

...The duende is a force not a labor, a struggle not a thought. I heard an old maestro of the guitar say: ‘The duende is not in the throat: the duende surges up, inside, from the soles of the feet.’ Meaning, it’s not a question of skill, but of a style that’s truly alive: meaning, it’s in the veins: meaning, it’s of the most ancient culture of immediate creation.
— Federico García Lorca
Untitled 4.png

Thanks to the Gunst Foundation for its major support of Duende.

Note: This website is produced and managed by Goddard BFA students. The material 

that appears on it does not represent the views of Goddard College.