Profile of an Artist: Clarence Major

The post has been adapted from “Profile of an Artist: Clarence Major,” which originally appeared in “The Bridge,” volume 14, and was written by Alexandria Machado and Katherine Nazzaro. During the Spring 2017 semester, Clarence Major was kind enough to answer a few questions we had following his appearance in one of Bridgewater State University’s Visiting Authors Series.

“Artist.” It’s a word we often hear to describe a creator; someone who elicits wisdom of the human mind and spirit from the great beyond and then transcribes it for the world to see. Clarence Major is a direct embodiment of this: poet, writer, and painter, he has submerged himself in numerous art forms over the decades, creating and then releasing these manifestations into the ever-growing body of art.

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Caitlin Westgate, ‘Gas Station Regular’

Today’s audio post comes again from Caitlin Westgate (“craters have intentions”). In addition to the work Caitlin has featured in “The Bridge,” her writing has also been featured on the Women at Warp blog, where she discusses mental illness in the context of “Star Trek.” For us, she reads “Gas Station Regular,” which is on page 85 of volume 14, and can be read below the cut.

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Brendan McRae, ‘Ode to Odium’

It seems like fall weather has finally come into New England, and with it the kind of dreary autumn rains. Today makes a good day for Brendan McRae’s poem, “Ode to Odium,” which he read for us during the spring semester. “Ode to Odium” can be found on page 49 of volume 14, and can be read below the cut.

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Alexandria Machado, “The Great Barrier Reef is Dying!”

Today’s reading is from Alexandria Machado, editor and contributor to volume 14. Alexandria, with Katherine Nazzaro, also helped write volume 14’s artist profile on Clarence Major. Here, she reads her poem, “The Great Barrier Reef is Dying!” which is featured on page 83 of volume 14. It can also be read below the cut.

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Caitlin Westgate, “craters have intentions”

During the spring 2017 semester, a few members of the volume 14 editorial staff took the time to ask contributors to the volume to record a few poems to publish here on our website. The editors of volume 14 recorded 7 pieces in all, and these will be posted over the next few weeks to this website. We would like to thank all of the contributors who took the time to read for us.

The first audio we’re posting is the poem “craters have intentions,” written and performed by Caitlin Westgate. The poem can be found on page 15 of volume 14, as well as after the cut.

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