Free Peak — Stonepile Writers’ Anthology –Or It is Called Spring

Or It is Called Spring

Written and Translated by Echo


Note: This poem was originally written in Chinese.


Or maybe spring is hidden right in the mud of the garden.
The grass drops off a little green.
You smell that there’s something unusual in the air.
Suddenly stricken that, another year’s passed.
Close the door  and turn around
Still it’s an ordinary sunny day
But whether winter leaves, no one cares.
It’s just another afternoon.
Suddenly you notice
Scarfs are gone in the warm wind.

Or maybe the camera captured the world too frequently,
one or two leaves missing, seems that you can never find your eyes’ blackspot.
(I’ve ) fallen in love with JiMi’s new drawing
for it’s just like a real paradise,
Is the blind girl really that blind?
and whether the angel  really fare her well at the entrance of the subway,
or maybe spring is hidden in the tidal wave far off the distance,
some of (my) funny memory
maybe shouldn’t be there.

or maybe (I )really immersed myself in this small place with more than ten springs
the couldn’t-be-called-spring spring, immersed again and again
think of this, then think of huge loss…
or maybe the spring is just what it is:
some sorrowful tears,
some memories bitter or sweet,
the little stars in the phantoscope,
the smell of tasty cooking when walking streets.

The not lonely fireworks in the dark sky,
the teacher with new bow tie,
the editions report about flower.
Spring literally is so specific,
specific so as to make me disgust,
disgust and finally  makes me dizzy under the sky.

Or maybe spring is just a secret sample,
a bookmark, ever was a predestined jade green
was narcissus, was butterfly
caged in HAMMURABI’S CODE OF LAWS,  pages waiting for piece of new
with broken wings fallen from the sky
then again staggered away…
the far off distance spring, where on earth gathers the cuckoo (over the sky),
or maybe it wouldn’t be that unbearable when trying  to review it as a whole
the so-called backbiting, so-called gossip
so-called inadvertently wrongs
the so-called scores, so-called college entrance examination
so-called expectant eyes
the so-called friends, so-called bosom friend

the so-called breathe and breathe
the so-called fame or nonfame
so-called moment and immortality
Or  it is called spring

This poem was reprinted with the Author’s permission.

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Commited as a Teaching Press: Editor’s Reports

The University Press of North Georgia is proud to be a teaching press and is committed to providing NGCSU college students with real-life instructions and internship experience in a variety of different arenas of publishing.  One of the ways this is accomplished is through the “Intro to Publishing” class offered by the English Department and taught by Dr. Bonnie Robinson, UPNG Director.

Many students, especially those English majors whose concentration is in Writing and Publication, look forward to taking “Intro to Publishing” and exploring the various fields that they might be involved in as a part of their future career. Rachel Alsup called “Intro to Publishing” “a pretty eye-opening experience…as a student and a writer.” She further expressed her excitement about being able to be a part of the class:

“Growing up, I aspired to be a book editor but never really had any tangible clues as to what that truly entailed. Thanks to North Georgia’s learning press, I can get a hands-on experience that, in all respects, prepares me for my dream career. As a student in this class, not only do I participate as a member of the Student Editorial Board for the press, but I also learn more information about every imaginable aspect of the publishing business.”

This week the students are focusing on writing Editor’s Reports for one of the manuscripts UPNG is working on entitled Who Is the Masaai? by Saitoti Ole Ngambus. The UPNG editors take the students’ comments into consideration when they revise or edit the manuscript. Effectively writing an Editor’s Report can be a challenge, however, especially in regard to tone.  Chris Smolarsky shared the difficulties he faced when writing an Editor’s Report:

At this point in the process of publishing a book, the editor has already decided that the author has written a story that’s worth publishing, and the editor wants the author and his book to succeed. If the book and the author don’t do well, then the work and judgment of the editor comes into question, and this could possibly harm his career and reputation. The editor–or in the case of our assignment–the assistant editor is now focused on making the manuscript fit for publication by going over whatever portions, large or small, that could be improved or deleted altogether. According to our professor, Dr. Robinson, the purpose of the editor’s report is to provide a “general diagnosis and prescription” for the author to use to improve his manuscript. Many of the suggestions that the editor’s assistant will mention must meet the author’s approval, so as not to compromise the story or to anger the author.”

When I took Intro to Publishing (and any of my other English major classes, for that matter), tone was always the most difficult part of writing for me, as well. Learning to respond with positive criticism was a value skill that I worked on attaining through my experience in “Intro to Publishing.” Rachel agreed with Chris and me, stating that

“this is a particularly challenging assignment because not only am I responsible for discerning issues within a manuscript and suggesting potential solutions for those issues, but it’s also a chance to try and navigate the realm of professionalism. As an editor, I will have to be able to maintain a professional and respectful tone in a letter to the author, yet also convey my serious concerns and persuade the author to consider making suggested changes. Even if I do not enter into a career path specifically in editing, these skills are universal in almost any career—just another advantage to the very future-focused class!”

Being able to offer “Intro to Publishing” is rewarding for the staff of UPNG, especially for Dr. B.J. Robinson, who tells her students that she expects that they will be great friends and peers after graduation. “Once you’re in my class, we’re bonded for life!” Dr. Robinson can be heard saying at least a dozen times a semester in each of her classes. She views the “Intro to Publishing” class as a way to mentor students from all walks of life.  The best part about “Intro to Publishing” is that it prepares students for any occupation. Chris agreed:

“Though I do not plan on pursuing a career in publishing, I still think that employees of any profession could benefit from the basic lessons learned from the editor’s report process. People can learn from reading samples of these reports the importance cooperation between people in the workplace, or in any situation, especially between employees and their clientele. This also teaches people to communicate effectively and respectfully and how to deal with jobs they may not want to do, considering the editor’s assistant in this profession may not like the manuscript that an editor asks him to review.”

Have you ever had problems with tone in your writing? How have you worked to overcome poor tone?

Pictures from “Bringing Appalachia to the World” Workshop and Reception

The University Press of North Georgia was pleased to co-host the workshop Bringing Appalachia to the World: Using Digital Technologies to Publish World Wide at Little to No Cost with the Appalachian Studies Center last Friday.  Several of you joined us for the workshop and following reception. It was great to be able to connect with you–our fellow readers and writers! Below are a few pictures of the event. Are you in any of these?

If you attended this event, what did you learn? How will you apply what you learned to your professional and/or personal life?

Free Peak — Stonepile Writers’ Anthology –Ice Cream


A Concrete Poem by Lynda Holmes


Strawberry, rainbow

Sherbet, mango, vanilla

Pistachio, chocolate, cherry

 Frozen treat, melting, sliding,

  Dripping into sticky delight.

Sugary, crunchy

C       C       C

 O     O     O

N   N   N

E   E   E







This poem was reprinted with the Author’s permission.

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