My Escape – Polished Personal

(The following short story is a creative response to the visual given below, and is based on the following question: “Discuss the ways in which individuals struggle to restore honour and certainty”). <> I missed it. My ears begin to ring loudly, drowning out the morning singing of the hummingbirds nesting in the deciduous trees that […]


The following is a creative based on Sylvia Plath’s poem “I Thought That I Could Not Be Hurt.”  I bite my trembling lip as I shakily inhale the grey, piercing, cool December air. My knees begin to violently wobble, and I feel myself losing control over my body—with every ounce of power I have left, […]

Silver Web of Happiness

The following personal response is a short story, inspired by Sylvia Plath’s “I Thought That I Could Not Be Hurt,” which explores the perplexing nature of abuse amongst loved ones. ____________________ Carelessly, I swatted the web away from the tree, then shook my hand to try to rid it of the silky, silvery string. It […]

Glass Roses

The following personal response is a short story, initially inspired by a symbol in Alden Nowlan’s “The Glass Roses,” but built upon by Sergeant Nibley’s epilogue regarding the Holocaust, in which he presents an invigorating question: “is it possible a picture so hideous and painful can be such a beautiful portrait of human love and dignity?” […]