Monthly Archives: December 2011

Unsaidquarters – “Children of The Dealer” (12/31/11, So Ends The Abysmal Year)

I would have stayed there on the mountain, never left, so straight the ways, so strict the sleeves, so blistered backs of hands and feet described to me. And I had seen their handling of the Dealer. Just as they … Continue reading

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Preview of Unsaid Six: Craft Talk without Craft, by Padgett Powell

(NOTE: This lecture was originally presented by Powell to the MFA Creative Writing Program of Columbia University in September, 2010.) I am thinking tonight, as I address this unenviable task, of Flannery O’Connor, because she would advise against it, my … Continue reading

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Preview of Unsaid Six: The Language of Humming and Dust, by Robert Kloss

        How the boy who was now nearly a man woke inside a tavern on the outskirts of town. How the beams hung low and the taller men stooped while they drank and smoked. How the air … Continue reading

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Preview of Unsaid Six: Walking Alone, by Lauren McCollum

  I have always written poems to you and whispered wistful snippets of them on windswept bridges and unlit streets.   You were, at turns, a city, a songbird, a hurricane. You were a blackout, a living room, a field. … Continue reading

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Preview of Unsaid Six: This Is a Jar, by Kayla Blatchley

    I wanted to leave before the surgery but I couldn’t leave before the surgery.  I had to wait.  There was a tumor in my boyfriend’s neck. I met his mother in the waiting room.  She was afraid like … Continue reading

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Preview of Unsaid Six: Saginaw, By Tomás Laverty

  I have not lived in my decade. Instead, the sun has shone and I have missed all of it. Something else has made my shadow. My girlfriend never shows up. The chicken is burned before I eat it. I … Continue reading

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Preview of Unsaid Six: Circles, by Alexis Almeida

  A boy and a girl enter a field together. The field is not really a field, but rather an orchard with thousands of fallen pecans strewn at its feet. The boy is not really a boy, but more of … Continue reading

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