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Melanie Drane

Entries by Melanie Drane

"There Is a Crack in Everything; That's How the Light Gets in"

(1) Comments | Posted November 19, 2009 | 1:37 PM

In novels, poems and everyday life itself, if one is alert, small, ordinary things point toward the larger issues in a human existence. "Only when I am quiet for a long time/and do not speak/do the objects of my life draw near," the poet Jane Hirshfield has written. In...

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Writing Self, Best Self?

(5) Comments | Posted October 16, 2009 | 12:56 PM

As the number of newly-minted MFAs in creative writing continues to climb, it's not unreasonable to ponder why the degree exerts a pull on writers. Employment and publication will remain elusive for many graduates. Creative writing students are often asked, "What are you going to do with it?" Even friends...

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