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 ...
Dear Queens College Community,
Regardless of the form that it may take, all writing is an acknowledgement of other people. Through our awareness of writers past and present, of those we write in solidarity with or in opposition to, all writing is also shared writing and all texts corporate texts.
A friend’s Facebook timeline interweaves personal reflections with the thoughts and well wishes of friends and family. A statement of political principles, be it a court opinion or a declaration of a revolution, speaks for a multitude and incorporates many voices in a single document. A letter, a novel, an essay, even a diary entry—all of them have an ideal reader in mind, a “friend” to whom the words will mean their utmost.
For this tenth issue of Revisions we invited Queens College staff, faculty, and students to reflect on the shared experience of writing. Many voiced a common concern with how significant events prompted not just an emotion but also a need to express and share feeling in words. Some pieces focused on the simple yet powerful message that notes can convey. Others spoke to the power of writing as a form of self and group advocacy.
Though methods may change over time, the collective and collaborative nature of writing remains with us and shapes the way in which, through writing, we construct ourselves. We hope this issue of Revisions encourages the Queens College community to reflect on the shared experience of writing and the ongoing conversation between friends that take place every time we put words to the page.
Randomly selected articles from this year's issue
Dear Progeny, The other day, my mother (your grandmother) came into my room (well, technically, as of this writing, it’s no longer “my” room, but serves as a guest room in the empty nest of my parents’ [so your grandparents’] roost) – she came with a small manila envelope and a handful of letters and envelopes and various folded papers bound together in twine into the guest room in which I happened to be lounging. She sat down on the edge of the bed and said they were letters, preserved over the years by her aunt (your great-great aunt) Peg, from my grandfather (so your great-grandfather) to various relations of his, mostly to his wife and mother (so if I have this right, that’d be your great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother, respectively?). She said I could have them if I wanted. She herself ...