Epiphany Madrigal

Written by Lisa Russ Spaar, Horace W. Goldsmith Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Creative Writing Program, Dept. of English, College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences Epiphany Madrigal for Sydney Hall Blair   What’s a gift if not the heart’s envoi, a cut, a wrap, a species of we’re done here, it’s over, concluded, […]

Impeachment

Written by James S. Todd IV, Lecturer in the Department of Politics, College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences   The Founders, when they met in Philadelphia, created a system of shared powers and checks and balances in the hope that it would prevent abuse of power. The main fear in those days was […]

New Year’s Eve

Written by Lisa Russ Spaar, Horace W. Goldsmith Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Creative Writing Program, Dept. of English, College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences   New Year’s Eve   I’m a sucker for a gothic ending: for example, this opal brooch of sky, like milk tinged with blood behind a leaden fret […]

Duet

Written by Lisa Russ Spaar, Horace W. Goldsmith Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Creative Writing Program, Dept. of English, College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences   Duet             New Year’s Eve   Two sisters side by side, benched at the gleaming fin of the living room’s out-of-tune baby grand, work out a mash-up, […]

Advent Madrigal

Written by Lisa Russ Spaar, Horace W. Goldsmith Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Creative Writing Program, Dept. of English, College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences Advent Madrigal   Is waiting . . . a narrative? Can it be a way to live? This usher moon, globular flashlight, sketches the narrow aisle of night, […]

No Historical Marker

Written by Stephen Cushman, Robert C. Taylor Professor of English, College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences   No Historical Marker (Pocosin Mission, Shenandoah National Park) Good Lord, Lord, just what pit have we slipped into? they could have whimpered, cringing in that cabin, little more than lean-to, the Towles sisters, Florence and Marion, […]

Temple Gaudete

Written by Lisa Russ Spaar, Horace W. Goldsmith Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Creative Writing Program, Dept. of English, College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences Temple Gaudete Deus homo factus est Natura mirante. Is love the start of a journey back? If so, back where, & make it holy. St. Cerulean Warbler, livid […]

PALKO POV: Assess & Act

Written by Abby Palko, Director of the UVA Maxine Platzer Lynn Women’s Center. This has been reposted with permission from the Women’s Center blog. Originally posted December 6, 2017. In a world where Facebook has recorded so much of my family’s year, I treasure this time of year as an opportunity to really reflect on […]

Happier Holidays

Feeling stressed? Overwhelmed? UVA psychologist Peter Sheras offers some tips for beating the ‘holiday blues.’ Reposted with permission from UVA Today, December 4, 2017. Written by Jane Kelly, University News Associate, Office of University Communications. The words seem to contradict one another: holiday depression. Yet each year, people around the world suffer from the condition, […]

The Disappearing Obama Presidency: As Told Through a Christmas Satire

Written by Barbara A. Perry, White Burkett Miller Center Professor and Director of Presidential Studies, UVA’s Miller Center. Follow her on Twitter @BarbaraPerryUVA.   Recently Saturday Night Live opened its show with A Christmas Carol parody in which Alec Baldwin as Donald Trump is visited by three ghosts–Christmas Past, Present, and Future.  It struck me […]