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Beastiarium is a collection of fantasy and science fiction stories.
Collected Short Stories
Selected short stories of fiction written by Patrick Runyan.
The GeoLogic of Lorine Niedecker’s “Lake Superior”
As a student of geology, I attuned my eye to the exactitude of observation required to convey the history of a place. My interest in the poetic work of observation led me to Lorine Niedecker’s “Lake Superior.” In that poem, historical, folkloric, and scientific knowledge crop up alongside the poet-speaker’s primary thoughts ...
Brief Synopsis: Original Intentions is about slavery and freedom and the friendship of George Washington and his neighbor, George Mason. Both men owned slaves, both fought for freedom from Great Britain, one signed the US Constitution, the other refused, one set his slaves free, while the other felt enslaved. Log-line for ...
The Collective Protagonist: Multiple Points of View and the Search for Truth in Familial Narratives
How do you tell the story of a family? This is a question that is of key concern to me as both a writer and a reader. I am drawn, from both angles, to character as a key element of fiction. Yet when we speak of a family, we refer not just to the individuals that make up the family, but to the family unit itself, as a series ...
The Art of the Contemporary Anti-Racist American Poem: ‘In-Between Spaces,’ Exploding Conventions, and Listening as Form
In this essay I describe and demonstrate, using close readings of Roger Reeves’ “The Mare of Money,” Natasha Tretheway’s “Enlightenment,” and a section of Martha Collins’ Blue Front, defining characteristics of successful contemporary anti-racist American poems. Success, in this context, means the poems create Bhabhian ...
Essay as Earnest Game
This essay examines structural innovation in the "lyric" essay.
Divine Immolation is a cycle of spiritual poetry, comprised of three sections that portray the soul transforming through metaphysical extremes.
Writing Prose Like A Poet: An Exploration of Poetic Technique in Very Short Prose
Writing Prose Like a Poet explores poetic technique in writing, from the origin of human language to the contemporary prose poem that explodes with meaning, and argues for the power of poetry and concision in modern prose. Looking closely at the poetic techniques used in three modern short-shorts, and following the author’s ...
Modifying the Mask: the Transformation of the Dramatic Monologue Across the Works of Robert Browning, Norman Dubie, and Frank Bidart
A look at how the dramatic monologue as a poetic form has transformed since the 19th century by examining representative works from poets Robert Browning, Norman Dubie, and Frank Bidart.