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“Talk is a form of love. Let us talk.”
There is writing in one’s room—quiet deliberation over time, place, names. Early information: a character’s first utterance. What will she say, and how, once there is that, will she say it? Then a story emerges, and with it, the need to leave one’s room, to hear one’s voice against the sound of others.
What follows is the result of much talking and listening: our 10th issue of Podium—work from the Unterberg Poetry Center's Writing Program—poems and prose selected by our students and instructors, as well as art by Mirna Everett and Andrew Watel.
Passing Through Poland (1942-45)—George Bear
From Rebecca Stowe's Fiction Workshop
Recipe for Success—Holly Woodward
From Victor LaValle's Fiction Workshop
The Fat Girl—Richard Asher
From Elisabeth Robinson's Fiction Workshop
Night of Hope—Victoria Matsui
From Fiona Maazel's Advanced Fiction Workshop
Getting Dead—Judith Lichtendorf
From Myla Goldberg's Advanced Fiction Workshop
From "You Said Yes or You Said No"—Maureen Traverse
From Nell Freudenberger's Advanced Fiction Workshop
Chapter 6—Matthew Riordan
From Stephen Wright’s Novel Writing Course
A New Kind of Science—Abby Adams
From Jeanne Marie Beaumont's Advanced Poetry Workshop
From Emily Fragos's Advanced Poetry Workshop
Taxi Driver Villanelle—Davidson Garrett
From Molly Peacock's Poetry Seminar
From Rosanna Warren's Poetry class
Like the Waves—Marilynn Talal
From David Yezzi's Poetry Workshop
Speaking in Plums—Phil Timpane
From C.D. Wright's Poetry class
Seaside Town—Helen Barnard
From Marie Ponsot's Advanced Poetry Workshop
Hall of Fame of the Beautiful Mundane—Gabriella Theisen
From Glyn Maxwell's Advanced Poetry Workshop
From Joyce Johnson's Advanced Nonfiction Workshop