The Last War Story

By Michael Knight Phoenix: Spring 2004, Inspirations Issue My father's war story is a simple one. He shipped out to Vietnam in 1968, an ROTC lieutenant, trained for airborne duty. All blood and balls, to hear him tell it, but…

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Enmeshed

By Gracie Somich I recently, within the past 2 years, learned that Hell does not exist. This information was particularly troubling to me, given I started worrying about the permanent condition of my soul right around the time I started…

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Should

By Jenny Darden Phoenix: Spring 2001 TW: Allusions to Suicide 1. The Disillusionment Romeo and Juliet are dead, and this time they’re not faking. Their dirty, naked bodies are lying beneath the apple tree, cradled in its roots, God-shamed. And…

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Blue Grass

By Hannah Malia Kim Phoenix: Spring 2009 The thing I remember most about my girlhood in Beijing is the hutong neighborhoods. Especially, the way the houses were smushed together so that each shanty looked like a piece of a bigger…

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Room 1012

Room 1012 by Kat White Content Warning: This piece has elements of a murder mystery, mentions of suicide/death, violence, and elements of domestic abuse. Exhaustion colored the edges of her vision gray and Rue swallowed against the dryness in her…

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You Can’t Make it Without A College Education Or, Stuck In Knoxville Without Nixon

By Robert Dominic Phoenix: Spring 1971 EDITOR'S NOTE: New and unusual experiences await the college graduate these days. He either steps into extreme affluence or into abject poverty; his days are either spent in frantic occupational activity or in boring unemployment;…

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Amber Albritton: Navigating UT as a Nontraditional Student

By Ben Hurst Amber Albritton epitomizes the nontraditional college student. She manages a loving relationship with her husband, three kids, and a full time class schedule with an unprecedented finesse. Amber has been a prominent part of the poetry and…

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The Woodcutter

Note from the Editor: The inspiration from Anton Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard forms the basis of this play, but it is Leonardo's voice that colors it and makes it their own.    A One-Act Play inspired by Anton Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard…

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Smoother Than Oil, Bitter As Wormwood

Vincenzina Monteleone   “It was love without reason, love for something futureless, love that appeared to exist only to be itself, imperious and all demanding, the kind that would cause him to make a fool of himself in an instant.” …

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