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From this semester, I draw pictures for my articles in the Preface…just I would like to share… I know that they are a little bit silly but enjoy…
A PIANIST

I hear a minuet. My cat sleeps on a couch.
A pianist plays Le Tombeau de Couperin.

Ravel composed it for his friends.
They died in World War I.

She hums the phrase and whispers to me,
“Funerals two thousand times in my country.”

Home: pieces of blocks
under the soldiers’ boots in her smallest

country, Georgia. No place to return. Refugee:
other people call her. Her cousins went to war.

“Where are the all caskets?” I ask her.

She keeps playing the minuet with a metronome
and its short repeated sound.

All the corpses are hidden under the borderline
like spring water: blood.


A withered gerbera on the piano.

There is no graveyard for prayer.
She cannot cry in front of it.

I say, “I brought a cup of tea and blueberries.”

She huddles the warm
cup and picks up a blueberry. It lightly rolls

down the table to the floor.
The cat plays with a cricket

pulling off its leg.
The Empty Suitcase:
Six Unspectacular Things about Me

The IU South Bend writer’s community connects with each other on the internet. They share creative stories, art, and poetry in their blogs and some professors like Sally Smits, Clayton Michaels, and David Dodd Lee communicate with students through blogging. Also in the blog, IUSB Creative Writing, Professor Kelcey Parker makes all kinds of announcements such as writing events and submission opportunities.

I deeply belong to the blogging community and this column also started from my blog. I got a columnist opportunity from a former Preface editor— blogger— Eric Gingerich.

Last week, I was tagged— tagged to share an enjoyable writing topic with other bloggers— from a poet, Professor Michaels. He tagged four IUSB bloggers to write about “Six Unspectacular Things about Me.”

Blogging is about personal confessions but a writer is somehow expecting that someone reads the confessions and respond to them. I set up Sitemeter— a tracking and cou…
FGWC (the Writer's Meeting)
Wed. the 17th, 7:00 p.m., The Oaken Bucket
Empty Suitcase:
Surgical Complication with Every New Skirt
My actress friend visited me from Maine last weekend, so I picked up her in Chicago. I looked for a girl with a white scarf at an arriving gate in O’Hare International Airport. Before she took off at her last layover, she text-messaged me, “I am wearing a white scarf, just like you always wear a hat.”

I am always wearing a hat especially on sunny days, I even store a folding hat and sunglasses in my car. In my closet, I have collections of hats— straw, cowboy, and regular hats, Chicago Bear’s caps, and even witch-like pixie hats with a variety of colors— since I have a slightly complicated skin condition, I cannot soak up sunshine for more than 15 minutes.

If I stay under the sun without shade, in the worst situation, I lose my eyebrows. My eyebrows had been lost for my entire time in junior high school because I was in a tennis club outside. “Why do not you have eyebrows? Did you shave them?” those questions were always surround…
The Empty Suitcase:
Call for an Art Director for Analecta

On September 4th I represented Analecta, the IU South Bend English Magazine at Art Beat in downtown South Bend. 250 copies of past issues were gone after two hours and it was a great start for introducing Analecta this year. Someone might hear me saying over and over like a broken record player with Japanese accent, “Hello, would you r-ike to keep a f-lee art magazine from IUSB?” Somehow, many people asked me how long I have been in America instead of asking about Analecta. “I have been South Bend for five years…it is not too long and I love this beautiful town, South Bend,” which I responded.

Anyway, I am so excited to be the editor of Analecta as an international student for the 2009 issue. Analecta has been published since 1988. Professor Nancy Botkin, who teaches creative writing at IUSB, is one of the earlier award receivers and her book, Parts that Were Once Whole, was published in 2007. Former editors such as Talia Reed (2…
Introducing Analecta at Art Beat in South Bend Downtown was very successful. After only two hours, 250 copies of past issues of Analecta, fliers, and the Preface were gone! Thank you very much for people who stopped by the booth, thank you Ann and Rachel!Special thanks to Charmi, Jason, and Dane who helped me to set up the booth, and Professor Parker who gave me advice and printed all the fliers!
September 4, 2008: Art Beat 2008 is moving indoors to the Century Center. The Art Beat Steering Committee made the call this morning due to today's weather forecast. The Century Center staff has graciously offered the use of their facility for today's event.

We hope that you will show your support for the arts and downtown South Bend by not cancelling. The local media is being contacted regarding this change so the community is aware. Please help spread the word through emails or calls to friends!
Please note that despite the call for rain on Thursday, September 4th we
have no plans to cancel the event, Art Beat in South Bend Downtown. The event will only be cancelled in case of severe weather which is currently not the case. Chances are that the weather will be fine afternoon.
ART BEAT 2008
Thursday, September 4th 4:oo to 8:oopm
South Bend Downtown

Introducing Analecta, FGWC, and the Preface!

Charmi (the coordinator of writer's meeting at IUSB,) Jason (the editor of the Preface,) and I will meet at the English Department Office (3rd floor of DW) at 2:45pm.

Everyone is welcome!