6 Poems to Read Post-Graduation

Written by Angie Carrera

As this graduation season quickly approaches, we must begin to contemplate life after, and the terror that is adulthood. Our experiences begin to diverge, and we begin to encounter things that we must face alone. Though we confront what’s next by ourselves, this does not mean that we are the first to experience these things. Here are six poems that speak to these varying experiences and might offer some insight on how to navigate them.

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The Woman’s Decision between Artist and Muse

Written by Angie Carrera

The debate about whether a woman can serve to be both artist and muse first emerged during the world wars, and consequently thrives today as a theory that is constantly being put to the test. Regina Marler wrote about the many women in the surrealist movement (including Leonora Carrington, pictured above) that were facing constant struggle between the worlds of muse and artistry. In her piece, she notes that while it is possible for women to be both muse and artist, the preferred of the two was a resounding “yes” to artistry as women began to develop their own views and voices as artists.

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Journaling as a Writer

Written by Angie Carrera

Journaling is one of the most fulfilling and understated things a writer does. However, this is also one of the activities that makes many writers, myself included, want to bang their heads against the wall, maybe to crack open something worth writing about. For the ordinary person, journaling serves as a cathartic activity that allows a sense of relief—but for the writer, it is much more than that.

You see, writers are a different breed of people that live life according to different standards, and the act of journaling is by no means an exception. Though writing comes naturally for many of us, we still expect those pieces that are meant for ourselves to be of utmost perfection, because in the back of our minds, if someone stumbles upon them, they have to be  ready-to-publish. The thing nobody tells you about journaling? How difficult it is.

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12 Holiday Gifts for Book Lovers

Written by Angie Carrera

With the holidays quickly approaching, it seems only natural to include a list of the most unique and literary gifts on the internet—perfect for the book lover in your life. These are the gifts you actually want to receive as opposed to your average list of bookmarks, candles, and scarves. Never again will you have to worry about what to buy!

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Reviewing the Netflix Adaptation of Atwood’s Alias Grace

Written by Angie Carrera

Written in 1996, Margaret Atwood’s novel, Alias Grace, comes to life in a six-part mini series on Netflix. This series comes after Hulu’s successful adaptation of another Atwood novel: The Handmaid’s Tale. During a time of great feminist activism, it is evident that Margaret Atwood’s work is at its prime, and this is exemplified by her “murderess” protagonist, Grace Marks (Sarah Gadon).

Alias Grace is a true-crime story set in Victorian Canada, where Grace and her stable hand counterpart, James McDermott (Kerr Logan), have been accused and convicted of the murders committed in 1843 of Thomas Kinnear (Paul Gross), and Nancy Montgomery (Anna Paquin), his head housekeeper and lover. Before being hung, McDermott adds to his confession that it was in fact Grace who made him kill Kinnear and Montgomery, causing severe confusion  regarding Grace’s claims of innocence.

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Emily Wilson: First Woman to Translate the Odyssey into English

Written by Angie Carrera

As a contemporary reader, when one hears the word “complicated,” it is natural to assume that someone is speaking of their newly changed relationship status, because everything in the twenty-first century is deemed “complicated.” British classicist Emily Wilson wrestled with this word and took into great consideration its social nuances and our modern-day ideologies to describe Odysseus when at the age of 45, she became the first woman to translate the Homeric epic, the Odyssey, into English.

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