We Need Queer Stories

by Antonia Crane I’m in my closet office writing, or rather doing everything in my power to avoid writing. The dog shit has been scooped into tiny knotted bags, the laundry folded. I’ve 409’d the bathroom counter and swept floors. I’ve put away the dishes, which I hate—whipped myself into a procrastination lather both shameful … Continue reading We Need Queer Stories

Empathy and Writing the Other Through Persona Poetry

by Dana Stringer In the poem “Skinhead,” the poet writes, “No, I ain’t part of no organized group,/ I’m just a white boy who loves his race,/ fighting for a pure country. (51-53)”  Based on these three lines and the poem’s title, it’s not exactly difficult for a reader to identify the speaker in the … Continue reading Empathy and Writing the Other Through Persona Poetry