Weekend Rumpus Roundup

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Cliches are something every writer has to deal with at some point. This weekend, Steve Edwards acknowledges the cliché and comes to something of a reckoning. Edwards declares:

That’s how the heart works—it doesn’t give a shit about what it’s supposed to feel, it just feels.

Using the context of a failed marriage, Edwards shows us how to give the cliché renewed power in our writing lives.

Then, Jeannine Hall Gailey reviews The Pedestrians, a prose-poetry amalgamation by Rachel Zucker, author of The Bad Wife Handbook. Gailey take us on a thoughtful journey through style and the “confessional voice” of Zucker’s narrative.

Al Young’s Where I Write #26 is an engaging poem that interrogates the literal and figurative definitions of such a place. Young concludes:

Consider the kiss

in which we find and switch each other on

– the silence I write from recharges this.

And Elissa Wald breaks the silence in Sunday’s wide-ranging interview with Madison Young, the erotic performer, film director, and educator (among other things). They discuss how Young came to “reclaim” the word slut—an experience, she says, that could provide material for “an entire book in itself”—along with other not-so-vanilla subjects.


Read more of Max Gray at Big City Sasquatch or follow him on Twitter @City_Sasquatch. His fiction and nonfiction have appeared in Encounters, Mount Hope, Conte, tNY.press, and English Kills Review. He co-hosts the etymology podcast Words For Dinner and is a graduate of the Rutgers-Newark MFA program. More from this author →