Explorations in Nonfiction

Dash of Dash: The Lyric Art of Punctuation

Heidi Czerwiec writes about the complexities and beauties of punctuation in lyrical writing:

“Punctuation began as a guide to reading aloud, akin to musical notation, indicating breath breaks and rhetorical shifts, differences in pitch: verbal stage directions. Punctuation as punctum, existing all at one point, until… expanding infinitely outward across the emptiness of the page’s space, inflecting it with flavors of pause and visibility.”

Drawing the Mall by Brian Kearney

Drawing the Mall By Brian Kearney Winner of the 2021 Fourth Genre Multimedia Essay Prize Here’s what our judge, Kristen Radke, had to say about it:

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