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Constance Alexander: Katerina Stoykova’s ‘Second Skin’ tackles the serious and sobering through poetry

“How Are You Feeling, Child?” is the question that haunts Katerina Stoykova’s newest book of poems, “Second Skin.” The three main characters in this collection – mother, father, child – are as tight as a clenched fist and as detached as severed limbs. Deeply embedded in the poems, domestic violence is not merely a metaphor, but a recurring horror in the life of the child whose mother...

Constance Alexander: Louisville native Bernard Clay is on his way with first poetry collection ‘English Lit’

The woman on the cover of Bernard Clay’s first book of poems has stars in her eyes. Literally. Perhaps she is enchanted by glitz and glamor and dreams of celebrity, or maybe she looks to the future with high expectations. The blurbs on the cover of “English Lit” — from four distinguished Kentucky writers – are more down to earth than starry-eyed: Fellow Affrilachian poet Frank X Walker...

Constance Alexander: Fahrenheit 451 sparks programs about literacy, public libraries, free speech

For a man who wrote stories that make spines tingle and raise hairs on the back of the neck, author Ray Bradbury was a just a regular guy. Sure, he had a fabulous imagination and earned worldwide renown, but his beginnings were humble, his tastes simple, his education unique. “I spent three days a week for 10 years educating myself in the public library,” he said, “and it’s better than college....

Retired EKU professor examines ‘The Rhetoric of Lincoln’s Letters’ in new book

A retired Eastern Kentucky University professor examines “The Rhetoric of Lincoln’s Letters” in a book with that title. Dr. Marshall Myers, professor emeritus of English and former coordinator of composition at EKU, records the evolution of Abraham Lincoln’s writing style through his letters and explores the various persuasive techniques the Kentucky-born president used to communicate with...