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Issue #17 of Robert Morris University's (IL.) literary journal, the Egg.

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THE EGG Robert Morris University Issue No. 17

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Egg – Issue No. 17

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Faculty Supervisor Dr. James Baltrum Creative Director Prof. Carolyn Otto Pavelkis Project Manager Glenn Canigiani Designer Erika Brzeczek 3

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Editorial Note Hello, again, to everyone: I would like to thank all of this year’s contributors, those who’ve submitted their poems, stories, memoirs, and artwork for consideration in the seventeenth issue of RMU’s literary journal, egg. Year after year, issue after issue, I have always enjoyed my role as faculty supervisor of egg because it affords me the opportunity to witness the RMU community’s self-expression in all of its diversity and creativity. I feel, and I hope you’ll find too, that the pieces included in Issue #17, like so many past issues, demonstrate these characteristics of our student body in a masterful manner. This year’s student designer, Erika Brzeczek, put together a terrific issue and chose a terrific muse upon which to hang her creativity, Dylan Thomas’s 1951 poem “Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night.” A poem that directs us to “not go gentle into that good night” but rather “Rage, rage against the dying of the light,” Thomas’s text is as profound in its emotional depths as it is applicable in its cultural breadth. The poem’s pathos connotes rebellion, resistance, and revolt against seemingly unconquerable forces, and what better poem to hold in our heads given the cultural climate we find ourselves in as we sit and read through the enlightening pages of Issue #17 – a climate in which the illuminating lights of educational assistance and artistic support are dying out at both the state and national levels; a climate that many are raging against, fearful of the dark to follow if such lights are allowed to completely extinguish? Egg – Issue No. 17

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A much deserved thank you to Erika for her creativity and commitment to the latest issue of egg. A special thank you goes out to RMU’s Carolyn Pavelkis and Glenn Canigiani for their expert assistance along the way as well as to all of our faculty for their interest in egg and for their encouragement that perhaps resulted in a student submitting his/her work to us who might not have otherwise. Thank you to President Mablene Krueger for her continued support of and commitment to egg and our students in general over the years. Dr. James Baltrum College of Liberal Arts Robert Morris University 5

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Do not go gentle into that good night Rage, rage against the dying of the light Dylan Thomas Egg – Issue No. 17

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Egg – Issue No. 17

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The Writers 9

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Starship Traveler Halt! Down there! What do I see? Life, it seems. But that can’t be! How can this place Be alive and full? Yet, I see no sign Of any soul? I suppose in a minute After I land I’ll understand why Though I hadn’t planned. My ship, you see Hit a rock in space Now I have no choice But to explore this place. There’s these things everywhere I can’t explain Never before have I seen Something so strange. They survive on instinct And act upon greed Care for themselves only And constantly feed. I stumbled upon one That saw me and ran I chased right after it Egg – Issue No. 17

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As fast as I can. It tripped and fell When I saw into its eyes right away I can tell Where it is I was I was in Hell. Greed, Envy, Pride and Lust Sloth, Glutton and Wrath as well Had swallowed this thing completely whole And everything else that in here dwelled. It ran on two legs But had four limbs It had a beating heart Put together by an evil whim. It spoke to me Taught me to address it Said something about a name Then started laughing where it sits. I asked where I was It said with a smile, “You’re on Planet Earth, my friend And you’ll be here for a while.” Irving Aguilar 11

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Egg – Issue No. 17

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I am me I am me The color of my hair The pigment of my eyes The shape of my face The shade of my skin I am me I am me The place where I live The town were in from The city I was born in The places I will live someday I am me I am me The people I love The people who love me The people who hate me The people I adore I am me I am me The pride no one can change The strength it takes to overcome The power needed to make it though The determination to never give up I am me I am me and I will never change that 13 Robyn Konrad

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Egg – Issue No. 17

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