Although I’ll be the first person to admit that I love nothing more than curling up with a book of poetry, there is something very special about hearing the words on a page come alive through a writer’s voice. The way in which poets play with language becomes evident upon listening to the manner in… More Hearing Poetry
So, it’s spring break and you’re haunted by the pile of required reading that is waiting for you next week. You spend hours watching bad television just to relax your poor, tired brain. But then you start to feel a little guilty—you love reading, after all. It’s just that reading for college classes can often… More Suggested reading: picture books for adults! (I mean, graphic novels)
The end of the spring semester is fast approaching and for me that means moving home, a place I have not lived consistently for about three years. Because of this, I recently decided to redo my room, putting away the pictures and collection of knick-knacks that remind me of my younger self. In the process… More Building (and Cleaning Out) Your Book Collection
In my long experience on the receiving end of the education system, I have found that there is a significant part of our culture that devalues creativity, especially the fields of Liberal Arts and Fine Arts. In my four years of college as an English and Psychology major, I have heard a variety of responses… More The Devaluation of Creativity
Bruce Cohen has written three volumes of poetry: Placebo Junkies Conspiring With the Half Asleep (2012), Swerve (2011), and Disloyal Yo-Yo (2009). He teaches creative writing at UConn. The following interview was conducted by Long River Review’s Tatiana Gomez. Long River Review: So tell me about the experience that inspired you to write your… More An Interview with Bruce Cohen (2013)
I’ve been noticing a trend in many of the readings for my children’s lit class… there’s A LOT of food. And some of the descriptions are so vivid and detailed that you can almost picture yourself enjoying the cuisine. Ranging from the delightfully decadent (like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’s Chocolate River Drink) to the… More A Literary Meal
Answers at the bottom. Good luck. We swaggering here For now I get around Life is but a dream to me I hit it right She’s too low for a high I flow too many ways These clothes are good enough to drink in I’ll teach you how to flow Fresh and fragrant Holla, holla!… More Lines From the Works of William Shakespeare, or Jay-Z Lyrics?
Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games is classified as a young adult book. There are several characteristics that define a book as young adult literature, but the strongest characteristic is the main character’s ascension to adulthood as he or she grapples with issues of power. While Katniss initially appears to be the ultimate girl-power figure, it… More Exploitation of Femininity in “The Hunger Games”
In 2003, Newsweek released an article titled “Poetry Is Dead. Does Anybody Really Care?” The article, as you might guess, asserts the position of poetry as an irrelevant artform in today’s day and age. The author claims that poetry simply cannot survive in our culture of notoriously short attention spans and internet access. I choose… More Is Poetry Dead?
When thinking about the word Literature we often only think of books. What we forget is that Literature is the art of written work. Written work can be anywhere, not just in books and although contradictory to its definition, it does not even have to be written. Written work can be expressed not only on… More Literature in Unlikely Places. Every Word Matters.