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Talking with Sappho

A while back, I shared with cafenowhere an assignment from my feminist rhetoric class to fill in one of the fragments of Sappho's poetry.  cafenowhere did a fantastic job--I'm a little jealous of her proficiency with poetry, but also happy for her for her proficiency with poetry (if that makes sense).

I have below pasted below Sappho's poem, with the blanks indicated by brackets, and then my "talking with Sappho" poem below.

I invite interested readers to try this activity, too! Please share!

Sappho Poem
Original
]
]work
]face
]
]
If not, winter
]no pain
]
]I bid you sing
Of Gongyla, Abanthis, taking up
Your lyre as (now again) longing
                floats around you,

you beauty. For her dress when you saw it
stirred you. And I rejoice.
In fact she herself once blamed me
                Kyprogeneia

because I prayed
this word:
I want

My Version
Wish, want, yearn
toward
aspirations of desire
lovework
hidden face
musical desires

If not, winter
Ice feeling, no pain
numb snowflakes
Songs of spring, I bid you sing
Of Gongyla, Abanthis, taking up
Your lyre as (now again) longing
                floats around you,

you beauty. For her dress when you saw it
stirred you. And I rejoice.
In fact she herself once blamed me
                Kyprogeneia

because I prayed
this word:
I want
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Story Published in the Journal of Unlikely Entomology!

My story @carpetsalesrep has been published in the second issue of the Journal of Unlikely Entomology! Rebecca Coulthart's  fantastic illustration, called "The Metamorphosis" accompanies my story! 

Other stories by stories by Forrest Aguirre, Ada Hoffmann, Samantha Henderson, C.A. Cole, and Kirk Marshall.

What can I say? I combined my love for the Internet with a love for Kafka's story....
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My Story Live Today at Daily Science Fiction

My story "Dealing with Death" is live today at Daily Science Fiction. Well, you know, if you've signed up for DSF emails.

Otherwise, it'll be up on the website in a week. 

It was quite a lot of fun comparing at Wiscon whose story was just out and whose was coming out from DSF. I met Sam Ferree whose story "Apology" will appear tomorrow. 

You can see the upcoming story schedule from DSF on their press release section.
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Halloween Radio Play Today

My radio play "The Tell-Tale Heart" (a, er, very creative adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe's story) will be airing today at 3:30 EST on Emory & Henry radio (WEHC 90.7). What's that? You don't live within listening range of Emory, Va?! That's okay, I'm not sure I do, either. Check out WEHC 90.7's livestream option available on their web page!

"The Tell-Tale Heart" was originally recorded performed in 1997, I think, by the Don't Touch That Dial! radio ensemble, the cast of which includes one now regular-member of the Barter Theatre ensemble, a fellow by the name of Rick McVey. It's great to see Rick succeeding in his dream of and passion for acting. I've seen Rick in several Barter plays now, most recently in Blue Sky Boys, a fun adaptation of the US race to space. I hope I get to see him in The Full Monty, which the Barter is currently performing, but right now it's Theatre versus Graduate School.

In other news, this morning my husband made pumpkin pancakes and topped with caramelized pecans and a little frozen vanilla yogurt. NOM! And then he brought me a Tazo Awake latte...because I am deep in graduate school land and he's an awesome supportive husband.

ETA: Except my play got pre-empted by a politician. Oh, well. They have two of my other plays; who knows? Maybe they'll air one of those on a future Friday/Sunday. Also check out the Audio Bookworm on Mon-Thurs for readings of classic novels.