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Left Hook, Write Cross

Phillip Giarraffa, Counselor, the Percy E. Sutton SEEK Program at Queens College


I originally wrote parts of this reflection last November to share with my students. It served to explain how writing was inexplicably dormant in my life for many years and how the death of a boxing legend caused me to remember how this wasn’t always so. My expectation for sharing it here …well maybe it is to wake you up too! When boxing great Joe Frazier died, a part of me awoke! It has been over a year since Smokin’ Joe’s death but the news still hits me like one of his left hooks. At the time what hurt most, at least for me, was how little notoriety the Philadelphia fighter’s death received on our local news channels. I felt that one of boxing’s all time greats deserved more than the 60 seconds allotted but in coming to know more about ...

Friendly Genres

Lorraine Schein, Staff, Editorial Services – Communications Department


In addition to thinking about how we write with or to friends, it is interesting to think about the various literary genres, and how some of them have merged in our time to become “friendlier” to one another. The ancient Greeks and other cultures did not have a firm separation as we do today between narrative and poetry - realistic writing as we do. Today literary forms that were once considered distinct in our culture are merging and creating new hybrids, such as prose-poems, flash fiction, and the personal essay. Poetry can be seen as the wallflower at the genre party, but by making friends with prose, the more popular girl, its social status has gone up and it gets invited to many more events, and even gets a date to the prom. It became popular enough to be prom queen when it ...

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