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Tallent’s story “No One’s A Mystery” shows how alluring it can be for an older man to show a young woman romantic attention. The narrator is infatuated with Jack, who is having an affair with the narrator behind his wife’s back. The narrator does not see the consequences in her or Jack’s actions, nor does […]

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In Elizabeth Tallent’s story, “No one’s a Mystery,” we find out right away that the man is with another women and his wife does not know about it. We find out so much information in such a little amount of time. The author does a really good job of creating a voice for each character. […]

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Throughout the short story Mojave Rats, I felt vibes of discontentment. The main protagonist, Monica, grapples with many issues; ranging from caring for her family in a new and unsatisfactory place to her conflicted feelings toward her current life and her eldest daughter. She is struggling with the path her life has taken. No longer […]

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This was one of my favorite stories we have read so far. I loved that it felt so simple, but had so much going on and referenced the past, present, and future all within three pages. I really loved Tallen’s use of repetition and parallel structure as devices of delay in this story. There is […]

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I enjoyed reading Belle Boggs, “Good News for a Hard Time” because it was an intriguing story with lots of detail and new perspectives. Although I’ve never been in the position of the narrator, I was able to feel how she was feeling because it was relatable. The author’s use of detail made it easy to […]

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No One’s a Mystery

I really liked this story because I found it to be very relatable even though it is fictional. Myself, as the reader, can definitely relate to being in a relationship with someone of a completely opposite personality and knowing it isn’t going to work out. Another thing I found interesting was the way the author […]

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I thought the author did a really great job of establishing a clear picture right at the beginning. You automatically acquire some understanding of the struggles this family are going through. The author also gave each character a clear voice. You could really feel Monica’s internal struggles, Cordelia’s anger and resentment, and Elliot’s love for […]

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I really enjoyed the detail that went into describing the relationship between the seemingly single father and his children.  I was able to get the sense of how much the father cared for them and enjoyed being a dad with all the dad corniness that comes with it.  I think the author did a really good job […]

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Write a short story (of three or so double-spaced pages) in which one of the characters below shows up and changes the lives of those he or she encounters. Place the story in the Fiction Exercise 1 folder on Google Drive. Don’t forget that your document should be named in this manner: YourName.CRWR106.FictionEx1.docx. Also, don’t forget […]

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Extra Pickles By: Ailish Rhoades

  The night is cold and black in the musty New England room, Curled up in bed by the warm candlelight, Thoughts of the golden rays of summer days goes jogging through her mind. The picture of beauty and grace lounging beside the pool, Head thrown back in peaceful, gracious bliss, Watching dragonflies twirl and dance […]

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“Pickles” by Jessica Kennedy

Gracious Rabbit, Pickles, Jogging through the open field, With me, Hopping from place to place. Pickles, My rabbit’s name is, Pickles. I know it seems odd, But I take him on jogs. My jogging rabbit, Pickles. Thankful. Thankful for my Pickles. My perfect Pickles gives me tickles, Like dragonflies in my tummy. It feels great […]

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Exercise 3

      

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John Ashbery’s “Some Trees”

Some Trees   These are amazing: each Joining a neighbor, as though speech Were a still performance. Arranging by chance   To meet as far this morning From the world as agreeing With it, you and I Are suddenly what the trees try   To tell us we are: That their merely being there Means […]

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Assurance by William Stafford

You will never be alone, you hear so deep a sound when autumn comes. Yellow pulls across the hills and thrums, or the silence after lightning before it says its names – and then the clouds’ wide-mouthed apologies. You were aimed from birth: you will never be alone. Rain will come, a gutter filled, and […]

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“Lord, it is time. Let the great summer go, Lay your long shadows on the sundials, And over harvest piles let the winds blow. Command the last fruits to be ripe; Grant them some other southern hour, Urge them to completion, and with power Drive final sweetness to the heavy grape. Who’s homeless now, will […]

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You will never be alone, you hear so deep a sound when autumn comes. Yellow pulls across the hills and thrums, or the silence after lightning before it says its names — and then the clouds’ wide-mouthed apologies. You were aimed from birth: you will never be alone. Rain will come, a gutter filled, and […]

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I was fully aware that I was of interest to the interns because of the ways in which doctors had worked on and altered my body. But I wasn’t a car or an experimenter, and I didn’t want to be regarded as such. Eventually, Dr. Elliot understood and complied. “You’re all grown up now,” he […]

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Poster Child Response

But now one summer later, I was hanging out with the popular girls. I was wearing their clothes, which I realized was part of the problem. I was not like my friends.   In Emily Rapp’s memoir, “Poster Child”, we see a first person point of view being used. From reading these chapters, we see […]

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Point of View

“…the summer I agreed to do things I didn’t want to do and laughed at jokes that weren’t funny. I had just turned sixteen, and what I wanted more than anything else in life was to be beautiful. I didn’t care about being smart, successful, or good. In fact, I believed that beauty was the […]

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“Poster Child”: An Analysis

I had agreed to wear this skirt because it was the summer of 1990: the summer I agreed to do things I didn’t want to do and laughed at jokes that weren’t funny.  I had just turned sixteen, and what I wanted more than anything else in life was to be beautiful.  I didn’t care […]

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