English 101

Red pen buzzing through and over her dream-laced stories, always. Are you sure about the use of ‘extra-ordinary’, here? (sp) exclaimed, exceptional. Later, when analyzing literature: Were you really enthused by ‘The Great Gatsby’? Re-read the ending; the text is enigmatic and poignant, not simply enthusing. Please see me. By college, she has learned to keep the excitement in, to crush it down underneath her ribcage like a secret present wrapped in crinkling brown paper. Sometimes when she moves, she hears it crunch, then panic-swallows it back into her stomach. This is a generic argument, Holly. Your opinion is missing.

 

Amy J. Kirkwood writes MG/YA and flash fiction. Recent work appears in The Mechanics Institute Review: Volume 14 and InkTears 101. Her Twitter is @amyjkirkwood.

 

Photo Credit: Victoria Benstead-Hume

2 Responses to “English 101”

  1. Margo Mertz says:

    Love it.
    Freshman year, my English Professor wrote, “See me” across the top of one of my composition.
    (I did not!)

  2. Margo Mertz says:

    Love it.
    Freshman year, my English Professor wrote, “See me” across one of my composition.
    FYI – I did not!

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