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Breeze

Richard Carr University of North Texas Press PDF
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Studies Show

Matt Miller University of North Texas Press PDF

Studies Show that a mile beneath our crust these worms not only exist but thrive in realms of hellish heat, pressure, breathing traces of oxygen, no sunlight, feeding solely on bacteria and not needing a mate to replicate.

The scientists who found them named them

Halicephalobus mephisto because we still believe we can bet against our Beelzebubs.

And why not when studies show the skin of women is a window?

The deeper the wrinkle the more broken the bones that hold up the heart the lungs, the stomach, the bowels, the crotch and all the hot spots where the beast baits us with our beggar worm.

Since what are we but a pile of half baked collagen? You can tell the journey from the dusty jackets: a study of fossilized teeth show women, more than men, wandered, went, or were stolen from home adding yet another wrinkle on the script of our skin. Denatured down into a faintly blushing gelatin

I slide me over the theatre lights color my stage for Faustian friends since studies show that glimpsing red can make us stronger, faster, better.

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How to Be the Lady of the House

Amy M. Clark University of North Texas Press PDF

How to Be the Lady of the House

They live together in a house of their own, and all they have they share with you: the key the father closes your hand around, a place at their table the daughter sets, their pillows and their books. You will pay attention to how they do things here. Listen.

“We have three names we call the dog.

We leave our boots in the hall.

When we sing, we harmonize.

Do you prefer John or Paul?

All you have to do is love us back.

On school mornings, you can help with honey tea and ponytail, and send us out the door.” Now you will turn in your sock feet.

The dog eyes you from his rug.

You are very quiet. You open the closet.

Coats with pockets of candy bits and crumpled leaves from seasons past wait for arms to fill them.

Come on. You can hang your slicker beside the pink-and-yellow jacket and the overcoat you will recognize as the one the father wore the day you met him. There. You are practicing.

Take your cue from the child, who leaves her bed at dawn to play the piano.

Allowing you and her father all the wealth of each other’s warmth, she is unafraid to fill a sleeping house with the blundering joy of just-learned song.

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Maker

Gibson Fay-LeBlanc University of North Texas Press PDF
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The Perhaps World

Gibson Fay-LeBlanc University of North Texas Press PDF
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Sources of Courage: An Interview with Maya Angelou

Edited by Karen A. Waldron, Janice H. Brazil, and Laura M. Labatt University of North Texas Press PDF

sources of courage

An Interview with Dr. Maya Angelou

She knew poverty and racism intimately as a child in Stamps, Arkansas, hiding her “crippled Uncle Willie” under sacks of onions in a truck to escape his lynching by “The Boys.” A brutal sexual assault at age eight, with her attacker beaten to death afterwards, sent her into silence for years as she feared the power of her own words. Yet, Maya Angelou learned that words were the way to set herself free. Encouraged by “Mama,” her grandmother who knew that this voiceless child would become a great teacher, she has been awarded 56 honorary doctorates, several Golden Globe awards, and nominated for the

Pulitzer Prize for her poetry in Just Give Me a Cool Drink of Water ’fore I Die (1971).

She wrote graphic accounts of her young years in the award-winning I Know

Why the Caged Bird Sings (1970), followed by scores of books and dramatic outpourings evidenced by her role as the first African American woman screenwriter and director in Hollywood.

Touring internationally in Porgy and Bess, she embodied pure musical tradition, crediting her success to listening to “Mama’s voice, like that of Mahalia

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Dumb

Amy M. Clark University of North Texas Press PDF
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Consider

Matt Miller University of North Texas Press PDF
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Rattling Funicular

Gibson Fay-LeBlanc University of North Texas Press PDF
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The Largest of the Circus Animals

Gibson Fay-LeBlanc University of North Texas Press PDF

The Largest of the Circus Animals

Nights when the heat in my room has mass and scale, a heft, or I catch a whiff of straw and dung covered with a dabble of cologne,

I know it looms in a corner with a boy who can smile at anything. In its stomach is a quiet house: a family in five red rooms— five three-legged chairs, five doors shut, five mouths that never speak of the smell.

I can tell you there are two tusks and a trunk that plays the role of hand, nose, or snorkel, depending on the night. Its eyelids swim over human pupils. The heart of course is many-ventricled, and the chambers beat in three directions at once—its three muscles working at off-intervals so that it appears a frenzied man pushes and pulls from inside. His action feeds the stomach, organ of appetite and the filial scene. The meal— fat with memory—went down the gullet, a long greased slide past the clapboard hideout in the voice box. The heavy meal is indigestible. I have nothing left to hide, my pachyderm, and nothing to make the family (still in their rooms) speak to me.

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Itinerant

Caki Wilkinson University of North Texas Press PDF
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Transnationalizing Porter’s Germans in Stanley Kramer’s Ship of Fools (1965)

Edited by Thomas Austenfeld UNT Press ePub

Transnationalizing Porter’s Germans in Stanley Kramer’s Ship of Fools (1965)

Anne-Marie Scholz

In the mid-twentieth century and just prior to the onset of mass commercial air travel, the transatlantic voyage provided novelists and filmmakers with a potent metaphor to gauge the relationship between tourism, travel, and the meaning and significance of "transnational" forms of interaction and transformation. An intriguing example of such an effort is the Jewish-American filmmaker Stanley Kramer’s 1965 adaptation of Katherine Anne Porter’s 1962 novel Ship of Fools. In her novel, Porter transformed the medieval German satire Das Narrenschiff into a modern narrative about transatlantic travel. Her version tells the story of a group of German, Spanish, and American as well as Swiss, Cuban, and Mexican passengers en route on the passenger ship Vera from Veracruz, Mexico, to Bremerhaven, Germany. It is set in the historically significant period of the early 1930s, when the Nazis were first coming into power. This essay will evaluate the ways that the metaphor of transnational travel was used to examine the meanings of "Germanness" in this period. It will also consider how these American depictions were received by German reviewers and critics in both West and East Germany.1

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Fools and Folly in Erasmus and Porter (Jewel Spears Brooker)

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Fools and Folly in Erasmus and Porter

Jewel Spears Brooker

In the articulation of her literary ancestry, Katherine Anne Porter created a place of honor for Erasmus, and in her personal canon, she made room at the top for The Praise of Folly. She told her nephew that she had been formed by Erasmus "from her tenth year" (Letters 415). In 1932, she was reading him in Basel, and on June 19, 1941, she signed a contract with

Doubleday to write his biography. After the publication of Ship of Fools, she reiterated her admiration, hinting that her representation of folly was inspired by his. Porter was drawn to Erasmus in large part because of his moral imagination. Both were keen observers of human nature and both considered folly to be endemic in the human condition. But they present strikingly different concepts of folly. For Erasmus, folly is foolishness, and although it is the butt of his satire, he generally finds it amusing.

For Porter, on the other hand, folly is innate wickedness. When writing of ordinary human life in The Praise of Folly, he is tolerant and urbane; in contrast, in Ship of Fools, she is harsh and scornful. Unlike Porter,

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The Clover

James Whitcomb Riley Indiana University Press ePub

Some sings of the lily, and daisy, and rose,

And the pansies and pinks that the Summertime throws

In the green grassy lap of the medder that lays

Blinkin’ up at the skyes through the sunshiney days;

But what is the lily and all of the rest

Of the flowers, to a man with a hart in his brest

That was dipped brimmin’ full of the honey and dew

Of the sweet clover-blossoms his babyhood knew?

I never set eyes on a clover-field now,

Er fool round a stable, er climb in the mow,

But my childhood comes back jest as clear and as plane

As the smell of the clover I’m sniffin’ again;

And I wunder away in a bare-footed dream,

Whare I tangle my toes in the blossoms that gleam

With the dew of the dawn of the morning of love

Ere it wept ore the graves that I’m weepin’ above.

And so I love clover—it seems like a part

Of the sacerdest sorrows and joys of my hart;

And wharever it blossoms, oh, thare let me bow

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Club Icarus

Matt Miller University of North Texas Press PDF

Club Icarus

We’re no more than a few silver seconds in the air when that winged and cocky boy gets sucked into a turbine sparking off a fire that rips the starboard wing away from the fuselage, shucking passengers out and raining us over Northern California, dozens of us dropping towards the bay and you can imagine the screams,

I’m sure, the prayers cast up then down the twirling sky, and yet here’s my daughter laughing the whole way down, her yellow hair whipping around her first teeth smile, as she titters at the tilted wonder of what was happening, rolling airborne over and over, as we all drop like sacks of wet clay and for a second I want to snag her, to show her how frightened she should be, so I can hug her safe one last time, but the way she looks laughing I just can’t and so as the brick of the bay comes up to kiss my back I watch my little girl giggling, grinning floppy-cheeked into the wind and then, damn, if I don’t see, right before the world splits my sides, wings like blades butterfly from her back and lift her laughing back into the blue.

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