Are you Thinking of It?

In advocacy training to work on a crisis line, one of the scenarios we studied, expecting to eventually encounter, was a suicide call.  This call, when it comes, will most likely not feature a passionate soul extolling a dramatic threat to end their life – sobbing out wildly with a knife tempting their jugular or […]

An Image that was Made for the Murderers

An Image that was Made for the Murderers: Retribution and Critical Revenge for Sterling A. Brown’s “Frankie and Johnny”   Sterling Brown’s poem “Frankie and Johnny” begins with an introduction that, to its contemporary readers, and potentially many modern ones, is unnecessary.  The epigraph that heads the poem, pulled from a popular song of the […]

Drynuary Challenge: Day 1(&2)

Several years ago, as an avid reader/comment-section dweller of the now sadly soulless Awl offshoot ladies space, the Hairpin, I discovered the trend of washing off the excessive holiday reverie and sodden lushness of November and December with an austere, sober 31 days.  This annual pilgrimage to a healthy mentality of clarity and control was […]