August monthly spotlight

>> Featuring poetry by Daniel Moore and visual art by Darrell Black

June Book review

>>  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.


Icon // Matt Prater

Icon // Matt Prater

Face Humanity // Michelle Nguyen

Face Humanity // Michelle Nguyen



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.”

and more here!


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!


...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
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