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Monday, February 23, 2009

eleven40seven - Literature journal at TCU

painting by Danielle Martin
Up at Texas Christian University amongst a nest of creative writers, there's the Bryson Literary Society with a journal eleven40seven.  The self-description is
"The mission of the Bryson Literary Society is simple: to promote literary culture at TCU.

Whether you're an avid reader, an up-and-coming author, a prospective English major, or anyone from any major who just wants lively interaction with some of TCU's students, BLS is for you.

We define literary culture as any community in which the written and spoken word is recognized for its transformative power.

We hold these truths to be self-evident:

  • Once we become readers, we become caretakers of the language and bear a great responsibility for its preservation and continued health. Otherwise, reading is strip-mining.
  • Those who argue that poetry and fiction are "irrelevant" should first articulate how football performs a more necessary cultural function.
  • Expanding on William Carlos Williams's sentiment, literature "to be alive must have infused into it...some tincture of disestablishment, something in the nature of impalpable revolution, an ethereal reversal." Or, to mis-quote Jack Nicholson, "You want the truth about literature? You can't handle the truth about literature!"
The journal's current issue carries a prose piece and several poems.  Quincey Miller's poem, "What doesn't kill you" begins with the line "Put me inside you, let me die" and explores sensuality and a butterfiy's metamorphosis, evoking, unknowingly (?), the official state insect, the Monarch butterfly.

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