Ode to Fall 2020
Every Tuesday at 4:00 pm Pacific time, I met with my fall Literary Journal class on Zoom. As all of us, across the world, adjusted to the new normal, I felt a sense of gratitude and connection to have this particular class, where we had the opportunity to read and discuss a variety of contemporary literary voices. Our task was also to solicit and organize new works from the community for Volume 18 of CCA’s undergraduate literary arts journal, Humble Pie.
While we met during class, we shared our thoughts and responses to the poets Kaveh Akbar and Jericho Brown, and the fiction writer Lysley Tenorio. These powerful voices rang into our collective virtual space, challenging and inspiring us all as great literature should.
We decided to create a small space that we are calling “Ode to Fall 2020”. Please enjoy these works, by Dexter Pan, Will Tolentino, and Ethan Schoefer. And, going forward, as we continue in this new normal as collaborators and artists, it might be excellent to remember that it’s all a work-in-progress, and we can look at ourselves with compassion and humor. As Jericho Brown is known to say:
“I’ve always said that you know you’re a poet when you type an em dash and you hit the delete button, and you type a colon and you hit the delete button, and you type an em dash and you hit the delete button, and you type a colon and you hit the delete button.
Caroline Goodwin, Faculty Advisor