Fall 2021– Vision|Revision
Instead of separating each genre, we envisioned a new approach of bringing the genres together under three themes: Vision, Process, and Revision, the practice of writing. First, there is the idea for the story, second, the process of writing that story, and finally, the editing and revising of the story.
Visual Art – Antheia by Joanna Tebbs Young
Fiction – Numina: A Prologue by Amy Landisman
Poetry – artists i have known by Heath Hyun Houghton
Poetry – Survivor, Or Some Days I Want to Fulminate Mercury by J Farley Upjohn
Creative Nonfiction – What We Remember by Maria Elizabeth Burns
Drama – Sign it, please – by Megan Loomis
Poetry – Her by Brooklyn Baggett
Poetry – Lamia by Kae Winter
Fiction – Red Leaves by SarahMae Afriam
Visual Art – Demeter by Joanna Tebbs Young
Drama – The Ring by Robyn Brooks
Poetry – Defiant by Brooklyn Baggett
Critical Commentary – Embracing the blank space in Sarah C. Townsend’s memoir Setting the Wire by Evan Femino
Poetry – Shadow Puppets by Jonathan Arena
Creative Nonfiction – Pain by Kirsten Telander
Poetry – Pemaquid Point by Brooklyn Baggett
Poetry – The Stopping Hours Quarrel by J Farley Upjohn
Creative Nonfiction – Dharma Spins by Joanna Tebbs Young
Visual Art – Gaia by Joanna Tebbs Young
Poetry – Failed Her | Protest for Breonna Taylor by Anthea S. Brown
Drama – Coastal Deposits by Heath Hyun Houghton
Poetry – The Children of Biafra by Masha Shukovich
Poetry – Mucking Out by K. Zoe Potter
Creative Nonfiction – The Cast-off by Fiona Blundell
Poetry – The Dinner by Kirsten Telander
Poetry – Natural (re)History by J Farley Upjohn
Poetry – The Revision of you by Alaina Joleen
Heath Hyun Houghton
A Korean American Sijo circa 2021
The neons blind, they seduce and sedate, they quell The soil is poison and the iron cities are rotting What do I know about the American landscape? The people sing whispers of a harmonious tomorrow
I see a rope with knots.
An owl. Violet and white prism.
Many moving light fields, auric patterns
trailing colors—pink, indigo, turquoise.
Quick-moving clouds with faces
appearing and dissipating in seconds.
Do you have one too; a vision; a blurry image of what’s to come; the patterns and dances of words on a page; they want to live; they want to be found;
Karen Bruce Lindsey
There was a vision connecting and collecting us, but the agreement became an argument. We worried over our owned things.
senryu – vision
slippery slope – the distance between her words
Maria Elizabeth Burns
YES - Vision Yes, I do have one. A perfectionist streak. Thank you for noticing.
Revision Without conclusion, we can sense beyond belief; truth is not an owned thing. True awareness is not prepositioned in parcels of time.
Revision Grief is the monster that lounges picking its nails with its teeth laughing cruelly at tender memories weeping at love letters holding the hair ribbons of dead daughters between its teeth
Revision & when that vision comes to life it won’t be what you had imagined it’s only when we rearrange the words in a line that we rearrange the words of our lives The words are waiting to be found; find them bring your vision home
haiku - revision half empty – half full bowl of rainwater
Fall 2021 Staff
Editor – in – Chief Quintin Humphrey
Submission Editor Cynthia Sharp
Social Media Editor Joanna Young
Production Design Editor Maddie Trainor
Web Design Editor
Associate Editor Evan Femino
Lead Hybrid Editor Sarah Mae Afriam
Hybrid Editor Kae Lavallee
Hybrid Editor Masha Shukovich
Lead Drama Editor Maria Burns
Drama Editor Amy Landisman
Drama Editor Alaina Joleen
Drama Editor Jack Cameron
Lead Nonfiction Editor Megan Loomis
Nonfiction Editor Alicia Smith
Nonfiction Editor SarahMae Afriam
Nonfiction Editor Yolanda King
Nonfiction Editor Jack Cameron
Lead Visual Art Editor Maria Burns
Visual Art Editor Diane Davis Steiker
Visual Art Editor Alaina Joleen
Associate Editor Fiona Blundell
Lead Critical Editor Alaina Joleen
Critical Commentary Editor Camille Colpitts
Critical Commentary Editor Chris Bishop
Lead Fiction Editor Joanna Young
Fiction Editor Sally Bartolameolli
Fiction Editor Jonathan Arena
Fiction Editor Yolanda King
Fiction Editor Maria Burns
Lead Poetry Editor
Poetry Editor Margie Stokley-Bronz
Poetry Editor Robyn Brooks
Poetry Editor Jenny Tsai
Lead Copy Editor Word/PDF Emma Berdanier
Word / PDF Copy Editor K. Zoe Potter
Word / PDF Copy Editor Alaina Joleen
A Note From the Editor
It appears that the darkest moments of our lives, which started in March 2020 with the beginning of the lockdown from Pandemic and climaxing with an event a nation and world did not expect to witness on January 6, 2021, the storming of the United States Capitol Building. We must face a new reality that our world and lives have changed. We must vision a new tomorrow full of hope and inspiration for the power of the written word.
The theme of The Pitkin Review comes from the Goddard College MFAW program theme of the Spring 2021 Semester of Vision & Revision. As the journal’s Editor-in-Chief, my goal was to take the vision that our previous students have given us for the journal and revision the journal for a new world. Each Editor-in-Chief has a concept or idea of how she/he wants the Pitkin to look and feel. My idea from the start is to have pieces that create an image the moment you read the first word, sentence, line, or phrase. You, the reader, would be immediately swept into the world of the writer.
Instead of separating each genre, I envision a new approach of bringing the genres together under three themes: Vision, Process, and Revision, which is what writers go through as they write. First, there is the story of what to write, second, the process of writing that story, and finally, the editing and rewriting the revision of the story.
As I end my time at Goddard College, it has been an honor to be a part of the Goddard MFA community. The Pitkin Review is only possible by two important and vital resources, the students who volunteer their time to be on the staff and all the students who contribute their work to The Pitkin Review. I want to thank the Pitkin Staff and all the students for submitting pieces.
For everyone who has been published in this issue, I want to thank you for fulfilling my vision of The Pitkin Review because, without your words, courage, and spirit as writers, The Pitkin Review could not be revision for 2021.
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