Month: March 2017

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Speaking Truth to Power in the Post-Truth Era

by Kai Cheng Thom

The following piece appears as part of the month-long series “Post-Truth Politics and the Creative Craft” on the blog, curated by guest editor Natalie Wee.

To be a storyteller is to deal in the creation of power. As a Chinese trans girl who once dreamed of becoming a writer in colonial Canada’s predominantly white,

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Author Note: Audrey Gradzewicz

by Audrey Gradzewicz

Audrey Gradzewicz published her poem “Because When I Translate Middle English, I Always Assume that Bread is the Body of Christ” in the most recent issue of The Puritan, Winter 2017. As part of our ongoing Author Notes series, she lets us in on the composition of the poem.

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Whose Truth Are We “Post-”?

by Sonnet L’Abbé

What follows is a poem and an essay, appearing as part of the month-long series “Post-Truth Politics and the Creative Craft” on the blog, curated by guest editor Natalie Wee.

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Watch out for fake poetry. It plants ideas in the brain. It’s shape-think. It may fake the character of woo,

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Truth in Slant

by Anna Yin

The following piece appears as part of the month-long series “Post-Truth Politics and the Creative Craft” on the blog, curated by guest editor Natalie Wee.

In her poem “Tell all the truth, but tell it slant” Emily Dickinson declared and cautioned, “The Truth must dazzle gradually / Or every man be blind—.” Today,

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In An Alternative Reality, I’m Not Telling This Story

by Phoebe Wang

The following essay appears as part of the month-long series “Post-Truth Politics and the Creative Craft” on the blog, curated by guest editor Natalie Wee.

This is only temporarily, they said. Things will blow over soon. But just in case, we should pack the valuables—leave nothing behind for that upstart government to pick over.

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Memoir in the Age of Post-Truth

by Evelyn Deshane

The following essay appears as part of the month-long series “Post-Truth Politics and the Creative Craft” on the blog, curated by guest editor Natalie Wee.

I see it almost every time I open up a transgender memoir: true self, true gender, true authenticity.

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Becoming Politics

by Hana Shafi

The following essay appears as part of the month-long series “Post-Truth Politics and the Creative Craft” on the blog, curated by guest editor Natalie Wee.

I go online.

I write, “I’ve experienced ______.” Racism, misogyny, Islamophobia. I write about what’s happened. What I’ve heard.

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Author Note: William Kemp

by William Kemp

The poem “Boomer Sooner” appeared in the Fall 2016 issue of The Puritan. As part of The Town Crier’s Author Notes series, William Kemp gives us a glimpse into the making of the piece.

“Boomer Sooner” is a found poem comprised (almost) entirely of lines spoken by legendary wrestling commentator Jim Ross on commentary—a few lines are from backstage interviews and one is from a tweet,

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On the Creative Craft as the Craft of Correcting

by Natalie Wee

It was February 1st. Following a poetry reading with many other creators and activists on January 20th, poet Moez Surani sent a package addressed to Secretary-General António Guterres of the United Nations. Enclosed in this package was his third book, ةيلمع Operación Opération Operation Oперация,

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Author Note: Maureen Scott Harris

by Maureen Scott Harris

Maureen Scott Harris is the author of the poem “Nijinsky,” which appeared in Issue 35 of The Puritan. In this author note, Harris describes some of the background to the poem’s composition.

In 2014 I saw a performance by the National Ballet of Canada of John Neumeier’s ballet Nijinsky—a brilliant work brilliantly danced.