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Completely Subjective: Amy Gerstler’s “Watch”

Published in the Sycamore Review in 2004, Amy Gerstler’s “Watch” has provided a series of thought and reflection for many readers, myself included. Gerstler, described as “one of the best poets in the nation” by the Los Angeles Times, lost her father to a heart attack two years prior to writing “Watch.” Her story of…

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Completely Subjective: Jericho Brown’s “Hustle”

As I looked through the 2013 edition of Best American Poetry in search of a poem to write about, Jericho Brown’s “Hustle” caught my eye because there was so much of it that I did not understand upon my first reading, and I wanted to figure it out. It is a brutally honest commentary on life as…

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Completely Subjective: Krista Benjamin’s “Letters From My Ancestors”

American writer and poet Krista Benjamin grew up in Lake Tahoe, CA, and received her Bachelor of Arts in Literature from the University of California in San Diego. Benjamin spent the early part of her career writing and publishing for various literary magazines, journals, and newspapers around the California/Nevada region. Later, Benjamin was awarded with an Artist Fellowship from…