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Completely Subjective: Maggie Smith’s “Good Bones” 

Maggie Smith’s “Good Bones,” published in July of 2016, depicts the conflict between the ugly world and the delicate innocence of a child. A mother of two herself, Smith grew up and still lives near the city of Columbus, Ohio. It was there that she explored the various corners of life, trying to discover the…

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Completely Subjective: Maggie Smith’s “Good Bones” 

The year is 2020. So far, the world has dealt with the glowing fires in Australia, the hyped-up threat of World War III, and the death of Kobe Bryant and his daughter. Oh, and the coronavirus pandemic. It seems as if tragedies are happening all around us, and we are just waiting for the next…

Completely Subjective: Jennifer Keith’s “Eating Walnuts”

“This is going to sound super pretentious but” is probably the absolute worst way to start any literary analysis. That being said, this is going to sound super pretentious but the act of eating walnuts in Jennifer Keith’s “Eating Walnuts” is a metaphor for life. Here me out. More specifically, it’s a metaphor for the…

Completely Subjective: Ron Padgett’s “Survivor Guilt”

So here we are again. It’s late and you feel like you’re dying. Everything you’ve ever done that mildly upset someone crawls out of the hole it hides in when you have the energy to fight it and sinks its fangs into your unsuspecting conscience. Ron Padgett’s “Survivor Guilt” ecompasses this feeling beautifully. Still young…

Completely Subjective: Charles Simic “Carrying On Like a Crow”

This poem does not have a publication date but first appeared in London review books. Three tidbits that seem relevant in this poem. “What do you know about dark clouds? Ponds full of fallen leaves?” “Flapping your wings from tree to tree and carrying on like a crow” “Old model cars rusting in the driveway”…

Completely Subjective: Kay Ryan’s “Home to Roost”

Published in the May 2003 edition of Poetry magazine, Kay Ryan’s “Home to Roost” has evolved into a poem that has quite a bit of personal meaning for me. Ryan, the 2008 U.S. Poet Laureate and the winner of the 2011 Pulitzer prize for poetry, is known for her spare, compressed verses, and “Home to…