>> Featuring poetry by Erin Coughlin Hollowell, and visual art by David Rodriguez
>> A Heroic Ode to Life Observed: A Review of The Book of Delights by Ross Gay // Book Review by China Myers
Some things funny, some things sweet, some things unusual, but in all of Gay’s entries, he is finding the inner child of his delight, and that alone makes it an intimate portrayal of his life.
with an INTRODUCTION by Dr. Zelaika Hepworth Clarke & Dr. H. “Herukhuti” Sharif Williams
>> Alethia and other poems // by Kimberly Ann Southwick
“ the body knows too much— the heart only a metaphor,
a blue second, the queen of clubs, of course, & I can’t type what it is I really mean.”
>> Switchblade // fiction by Chad Koch
“He’d alternate between lifting his shirt and unbuttoning his jeans until just before the hem of his shirt exposed his breast, and right before the final button dropped his pants. They wanted to pay more but he never went further. He never exposed himself completely. He was sure there wasn’t a price for that. No price that he would sell himself fully.”
>> Straight Bashing and other poems // by Kai River Blevins
“he doesn’t understand
how i can grow into something other
than Man, how i can rid myself of the expectations of
masculinity while his bleeding hands
clutch its shackles like a stillborn child.”
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.
>> 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.”
and more here!
>> 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!
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.
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