Blog: What Poems Mean

Mary Karr’s “Who The Meek Are Not”: Evangelical Alabamians and the End of Serfdom

“Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.” – Matthew 5:5 In politics and religion, I’ve always felt very torn in my allegiances. I love and hate my home state of Alabama, which is mostly conservative and sometimes quite progressive. Weird and traditional. Kind and cruel. Ruled by God and the devil. I… Continue reading Mary Karr’s “Who The Meek Are Not”: Evangelical Alabamians and the End of Serfdom

Russell Edson’s “The Adventures of a Turtle”: a Cute Spin on Meaninglessness

I went to a state school, Auburn University, and when I first arrived, I hated it. I had hoped to go away to some tiny, pricey school replete with drum circles and dudes who dressed like beat poets (unironic berets and all). Grimeses are congenitally frugal, though, so I couldn’t bring myself to do it.… Continue reading Russell Edson’s “The Adventures of a Turtle”: a Cute Spin on Meaninglessness

William Butler Yeats’ “Who Goes with Fergus?” and the Power of Pugnacious Myths

Bear with me a minute. American children are exposed to a bouillabaisse of stories. There are animated American monsters like Barbies and Minions. There are stories inherited from older cultures...the terrifying Krampus, the clever Anansi, the auspicious Chinese dragon. There are family mythologies about great uncles lost at war and great-great aunts who starved so… Continue reading William Butler Yeats’ “Who Goes with Fergus?” and the Power of Pugnacious Myths