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Poem & Song: “My Joyous Crown” by Nancy Christensen King & Alani Keiser
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Poem & Song: “My Joyous Crown” by Nancy Christensen King & Alani Keiser

My Joyous Crown Music by Alani Keiser My Joyous Crown Poem by Nancy Christensen King Calculating and deliberate As Flamenco dancers’ feet, You tapped and stomped upon my heart Controlling every beat. Frightening, yet soothing Loyalty became, A necessary melody My freedom to defame. Like a raging fire Leaves no stick unburned, The marrow of … Continue reading

Essay: “Return to Pleasantville” by Tabitha Blankenbiller
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Essay: “Return to Pleasantville” by Tabitha Blankenbiller

Return to Pleasantville In the 1998 film Pleasantville, one of my favorites according to my college MySpace page, an alternate-universe, black-and-white TV town undergoes a metamorphosis. Led by the arrival of achingly young Tobey McGuire and Reese Witherspoon from our world, the small world residents are introduced to the foreign concepts of sex, art, and … Continue reading