Avid Reader? Test Your Knowledge of Literary Trivia

The Lyon Review has hit a dry spell and sadly doesn’t have any new fiction, poetry or  creative nonfiction to share with you this month. If you recently have written new work or would like new readers for previously published work, please go to Submit Your Work now or send a copy in Word format, along with your class year, and brief bio to marylyonreview@verizon.net.

In the meantime, we thought our subscribers might enjoy playing a little game of literary trivia.  How many of the questions below can you answer correctly? Print this out and write down your responses. You can then check your answers in our Community Forum.

1.  Which of these well-known fiction writers just won the 2013 Nobel Prize for Literature?
A.  Alice Mattison
B.  Alice Munro
C.  Alice Hoffman
D.  Alice Walker
E.  Alice Sebold

2.  What genre is Edgar Allen Poe credited for “inventing”?
A.  The ghost story
B.  The detective story
C.  The shaggy dog story
D.  The science fiction story
E.  The satiric story

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Poetry: The Stimson Room

Adeline Carrie Koscher ’97 writes poetry and fiction mostly in her sleep and while running or kayaking. Sadly, whole novels have been lost this way. Some of the surviving texts are “Shadows,” a short story included in Altered States Sci-Fi and Fantasy Stories About Change, edited by Amy Locklin, published by Main Street Rag; “Reverie at the Big Y,” a short story published in ninepatch: A Creative Journal for Women and Gender Studies; and poems, “The Ludlow Mills” and “Flotsam,” published in Review Americana. She earned a B.A. in English from MHC, M.Ed. in education from UMASS, and Ph.D. in English with a focus on the New Woman novelist from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. She visits the Stimson Room at least once a year.

The Stimson Room, Mount Holyoke College

no choice but to grant her space,
crown her with sky,
~ Rita Dove

Give me the Stimson Room, October afternoon –
iron-rimmed window pushed open,
day’s breath between pages,
marigold sunlight around brick corners –
enter the recesses of the room:

here, I fall in love
with H.D. and Mina Loy, Vincent Millay, Rita Dove,
with words and sound and language;
fall in love with the torn photograph
of women, of these pages, of this room;

escape calculus, politics, reason;
slip from consciousness – meet her,
crown her with sky, for she is one of the many,
and she is each of us, seeking not
bowed-head, demur smile, vacant eye –

I wake, I read, I nod, I am born.

 

Three Poems by Heidi St. Jean

Heidi (Holliday) St. Jean  ’88 received a master of fine arts degree in creative writing with a concentration in poetry from Fairfield University in July 2012. Her ekphrastic poem, “Goddess,” first appeared in Inklight, a publication of Afterimage: The Journal of Media Arts and Cultural Criticism. Her poetry has also been published or is forthcoming in Theodate, the online poetry journal of the Hill-Stead Museum, and in Long River Run, the journal of the Connecticut Poetry Society. She previously served as poetry editor for Mason’s Road, and as managing editor for Drunken Boat. She has been working professionally as a writer and editor since 1991.

Goddess
(inspired by the Geoff McGann photograph “Goddess I” on Inklight, publication of Afterimage)

Artemis –
born of a million points
of liquid light,
you move your molecules
into meaning, into form.

Guiding guardian,
draped in maiden’s
moonbeams, your
hands are crescent
horns, your swirling
body a note of music, lifted
from brother Apollo’s lyre.

Lilt your way
through mortal
darkness – come, hunt
our woods for your truth.

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