Harold Wilson’s guests are Dr. Lee Slater, professor at Old Dominion University and Dr. Herbert Howe, part-time professor at Georgetown University. They discuss the young writers and spoken word presenters in Rwanda and their efforts to use comedy, poetry, and literature to rebuild a cohesive society torn apart in that country’s genocide twenty years ago. […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Desire By Harold O. Wilson In the solarium, fronted by large plate glass windows that looked north on the flowering mountains, Horace Becker was sunk in his armchair, bent over his book. Small, it was a thin volume, paperback, as slim and meager as Becker himself; he read: “He saw a landscape, a tropical swampland […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Waiting by Harold O. Wilson Black The Model A sits half hidden behind the barn In the weeds half buried it rests No wheels No windshield Back seat gone Front seat in tatters Waiting. By a wire one headlight hangs By grace the other stares down the path Waiting. Watching the boy draw near […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Saint Marys River by Harold O. Wilson Calling forth her waters from the swamp She eased over me An amber flow Lifting me from the sandy floor To hold me suspended In liquid peace Insensate, pitiless She sought the seams And filled the crevices of my body With current’s rivulets To caress me tenderly Into […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Rain by Harold O. Wilson Perhaps it was the high calling of the geese their voices dropped through the building clouds that woke me, the room still dark with morning. Or perhaps it was the wind teasing the old shutters. Something—an uneasy dream already forgotten— called me forth to stare at the shadowed ceiling. Then, […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
God Was Lonely by Harold O Wilson In the vast emptiness of His perfection God felt the pain of loneliness Issued from this great longing Came forth the heavens and the earth Waters separated from the dry land Brought forth fish and all the creatures of the sea And God saw that it […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Time and a Different Look at J.D. Salinger’s For Esmé—with Love and Squalor By Harold O. Wilson The purpose of this essay is to look at J. D. Salinger’s concept of time as it is revealed in his short story “For Esmé—with Love and Squalor,” (“Esmé”). It is an early work of Salinger’s, published in […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Another Look at Conrad’s Heart of Darkness By Harold O. Wilson In her book, Thirteen Ways of Looking at the Novel, Jane Smiley says, “Heart of Darkness is a good example of how the best-intentioned most respected piece of fiction can develop into a social document when attitudes change and history overtakes the thematic material […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Entropy and the Arrow of Time In Thomas Mann’s The Magic Mountain By Harold O. Wilson It is evening and we are in Director Behrens’ apartments in the sanatorium Berghof. Director Behrens; Hans Castorp, our protagonist; his cousin Joachim Ziemssen; and the narrator of The Magic Mountain are with us. The narrator is describing Hans […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Harold Wilson’s guest this month is poet John A. Nieves, an assistant professor in the English Department at Salisbury University. Professor Nieves discusses his recently published book of poems, Curio. In addition to Dr. Nieves, the program features three students from the University who read and discuss their work: Maxi Garte writes fiction, Emmanuel Flores […]Continue Reading... No Comments.