Category: Featured Blog

Poor Yorick Call for Submissions

– Poor Yorick is looking for photos of unique grave sites, memorials, or tombs to post on our blog site during the month of October. Our goal is to honor the remembrance of those past. Is there a famous person buried in a cemetery near you? Does a certain shapely stone capture your attention? Is there an inscription on a gravestone you want to share with others? Is there a […]

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WCSU 6 Word Shorts

– These six word stories were written in response to the textile bird clamp, an item from Europe that is at least a hundred years old. Thank you to all of the contributors, most of whom were WCSU MFA students and alumni.  *Rest your wings/ at my table. -Ben Chase *Heavy wings riding on corkscrew dreams. -Steph Myers *Clamp grips/ Beak clips/ Suspending silk -Catherine D’Andrea *Europe’s melting Pot: Function married […]

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Skull Talk: Visit to Hospital Rock

– In the 1790s, fifty-two residents of Farmington, Connecticut, chiseled their names onto a rock in the forest. They had just received inoculation for smallpox. Infected by the virus and then quarantined for days, they had time to kill. They socialized and received a few visitors on a large, flat rock, now known as Hospital Rock. The clinic would have been nearby. The assumed location of the clinic and site […]

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Family History Series: Tablets

– The wooden ancestor tablet presiding over my fourth uncle’s ancestral altar tells the complete history of my father’s family—a history that I didn’t discover until my mid-twenties. Early in my life, my father wanted to plant the seed of imagination and poetic lineage in my mind. On the eve of my departure for a graduate school program in creative writing, he spun an elaborate and fantastic story of our […]

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Skull Talk: Bridges Among Death, Time, and Art

– Last week, when I’d had it up to here with working on my graduate thesis, I wandered off down the Internet’s rabbit trails and ended up reading about England’s bog bodies. Gross, I know. Apparently Northern Europe is littered with peat bogs which over thousands of years have accumulated bodies, some by accident, many put there on purpose. What people didn’t know when some of those first bodies went […]

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Project Booklust Part Three: Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair

– When I decided to attend the 2014 Boston Book Fair in November, I imagined the trip would be something of a capstone experience. I figured it would pull together the things I’d learned from my visits to the John Bale Book Co. and Johnnycake Books. I didn’t expect to be stunned upon entrance. I was stuck staring at the rows of shining display cases while PY’s editor, Melissa Gordon, […]

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