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Essays

Winter 1992 Edition Selections

“The White Pilgrim: Old Christian Cemetery”

by Brigit Pegeen Kelly

The cicadas were loud and what looked like a child’s
Bracelet was coiled at the base of the Pilgrim.
It was a snake. Red and black. The cemetery
Is haunted. Perhaps by the Pilgrim. Perhaps
By another. . . .


“Emerging Genius: Elizabeth Bishop and The Blue Pencil, 1927–1930”

by Thomas Travisano

She served on The Blue Pencil staff as book review editor and, in her senior year, as editor. Bishop’s multi-faceted, observant, and often funny Blue Pencil writings paint a portrait of a rounded person-of-letters that confounds the image of the elusive, disinterested observer Bishop later cultivated. In tones less guarded than those of her later work, Bishop here states her early views on nature, solitude, gender, the artistic vocation, and the fine art of observation.


“The Pessimist”

by Jane Schapiro

She thinks if she had a sorrow,
one trauma capable
of absorbing all pain, she’d stop turning over
her past, trying to find a seed of despair.
She’d have one grief pulling, its pothole
deepening a little more each year.


“Humpty Dumpty”

by Mary Ann Waters

To be an ellipse, yet to be solid—
well, not quite solid, to be
an ellipsoid, then—no, to be
oval, an ovoid, to be an obovoid, . . .

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