reached the end of another academic year, marked by Commencement, which means,
literally, Beginning. This volume of Inspiration
Point appears right at the year’s edge – a fitting way to mark a year of
border-crossings. The Civic Engagement Theme was Immigration, so for this issue
we focused on borders (thresholds, boundaries, transgressions) of all kinds,
noting that immigration is a psychological as well as physical journey, and that
semester-long and May term cross-cultural experiences, of course, take students
and faculty across emotional and
mental as well as cultural borders.
Frazier’s poem “China” is drawn from her experience in that nation.
Frazier reverses the usual nostalgia for home, replacing it with
“homesickness” for the far away land where “fright [gives] way to
adventure” and the speaker is “dancing in myself,” discovering new inner
borders were breached this year as Bluffton students, faculty, and staff
extended the boundaries of the campus to welcome strangers and learn from them.
We are making an effort to establish safe spaces for everyone. In creating
literature (the stuff of this magazine) writers explore boundaries between
innocence and experience, youth and adulthood, the waking world of concrete
reality and the dream- or spirit-world. Editor Mindy Hood’s poem “Landlocked” evokes the legendary
Selkie, a creature who moves between seal and human form; set at “the border
/between earth and sea” the poem
brings us close to the footprints of a woman on the edge, neither one nor the
writer Zach Fleming is a boundary-crosser in his bones, returning to college
after more than a decade out in the world. We’re privileged to publish two
long stories here, “Bombing” and “Living”, both written during the
2008-09 academic year. The first takes us to a grim, deteriorating city where
two young taggers (graffiti artists) find self-fulfillment and beauty only in
the act of “bombing” – or painting on walls with spray cans. Predictably,
the joy of “bombing” is enhanced by extreme danger.
protagonist of “Living” sees ghosts–but the boundary is not between the
living and the spirit-world; it is between people and their ability to feel for
each other. Crossing that boundary makes a love story.
I miss you
Streets of light and sound,
Symbols I love but cannot comprehend
Energy that vibrated my skin
& jerked my lips to smile. Content.
you I was the optimist. Bright side and dancing in myself.
soul is often called delicate or fragile, and Kati Skon investigates the nature
of the divided soul in her story “Ambitious.” Once a character’s soul is
divided, it finds itself operating as separate entities, divided by borders none
knew existed until they were apart from one another. Through this piece of
creative fiction, Skon explores the darkest, bravest and most ‘ambitious’
fragments of a single soul.
|| The English Club Tea Party