For this Sunday’s List, we asked Entropy contributors to share the links of writing that has stuck with them, that they are inspired and haunted by, the essays they can’t forget.
August Evans: This essay on Fanzine, “Two Syndromes At Once,” has really stayed with me.
Janice Lee recommends the poem, “The President Has Never Said the Word ‘Black.‘”
Cole Cohen nominated the poem, “If You Are Over Staying Woke.”
Sylvia Aguilar Zeleny: I love the work by Sofi Oksanen; a few days ago I found this essay, “Is This How We Will Be Remembered?” and I can´t stop thinking of the similarities between Estonia and many countries in Latin America. Oskanen is blunt when addressing the theme of refugees around the world.
Quincy Rhoads: “Does Godzilla Have a Penis?” is weirdly compelling.
Joe Milzazzo recommended three translated poems, “Mi madre, Mi padre, La muerte de un perro.”
Sarah Hoenicke: “On Sexism in Literary Prize Culture.”
Meriwether Clarke: “Her Birthday as Ashes in Seawater.”
Jeremy Hight: “Limited” by Carl Sandburg. I studied poetry for years in undergrad but this poem just hit me in a way like no other. It is so much in so little text and uses a parenthetical aside to profound and devastating effect. Amazing. Life and death and mortality in a few lines.
Sara Finnerty: “What We Hunger For,” by Roxane Gay. I’ve been trying to write about hunger and obsession and I keep thinking about this essay. I love the unabashed obsession with a popular YA series. The honesty about trauma. The accessible voice. The way in to the bigger themes of desire and strength.
Lillian Ann Slugocki: “I have been moved by countless women writers”
Lavinia Ludlow: Michael Pollan in the NY Times, “Big Food Strikes Back: Why Did the Obamas Fail to Take On Corporate Agriculture?” With the election approaching, this article stresses just how overlooked Big Food is, how the monopolies and powers at be contribute to very convoluted issues from environmental to health care to the effects on the global economy, and all the way to national security.