By Sarah Richards
The Kilgore Review, Pensacola State College’s (PSC’s) annual student literary journal, was unboxed April 10, 2018, in the Anna Lamar Switzer room at 6 p.m.
The books were still warm, with its human heart illustration on the cover, the pages thick and decadent. The Literary Roundtable, PSC’s Literature Club, overseen by Instructor Mike Will, helped choose what works went into the anthology.
Sandra Morris, Graphic Design major, in shiny purple hair, designed the cover by hand. “I wanted to show a representation of the people that we meet through our life. Whether their intentions are good or bad. On the front cover, the heart represents us. The bottom hand represents the genuine people that have our best interests in mind. The hand on the top represents the self-serving people we might meet. And on the back cover is the representation of those that made a significant impact in our life. Whether it’s in a good or a bad way.”
The packed house included Kilgore editor, Lila Fitzpatrick’s young son, Graham, whose breathy exclamation of “Wow!” ushered in the unveiling.
Tracy Carpenter was one of the artists who contributed to the journal. She took a photograph of a woman’s back, which served as a fleshy canvas in which she carved words that included “slut” and “fat”–some of the names that the subject had been called. Carpenter “wanted to depict that pain in a beautiful way.” Her image captured how such words can leave scars that we can’t even see ourselves, unless we’re looking for them.
The art ranged from photography, to drawings, to pictures of three-dimensional art.
Nicholas Bridges took advantage of an every once-in-a-blue-moon lunar event—the eclipse that took place last year—capturing a moment through his lens, a moment that he couldn’t see with his eyes.
Some art seeks to encapsulate a second in time, others, to make a statement. In Kylie Crowell’s piece–an image of a beautiful woman reminiscent of retro glamour, “Fractured is image 2 in a 4 part series meant to depict the timelessness of social expectations.
“It was inspired by our own society and its apparent fixation on perfection, a thing that is ever-changing and unattainable. There is a constant battle between self and society in which self never wins. In the end, they are both fractured,” Crowell said.
Michael Cole read his work about depression and anxiety, but assured the audience that he was okay.
Abbey Opelanik used a Literary Roundtable prompt, where “we had to write about something really gross” (hers was necrophilia), signing off with the irony of “I need you/’till the day I die.”
“You don’t know if I’ll be good or not,” C. Myrick said as she enjoyed some pre-applause before reading.
Fitzpatrick read from the journal, limiting herself to one “because it’s mildly appropriate and my child’s here.”
Georgana Hess read her poem, “Power Suit,” which placed third in last year’s Walter F. Spara writing competition–a waltz-like juxtaposition to Cole’s break dance performance.
SallyAnn McNew, looking goth and glam in fishnet hose and a burgundy dress, ended the night with some pornography, excerpted from her story, “The Rain.”
Students interested in expanding their vocabulary and juicing their creative fruits can join the Literary Roundtable by coming to meetings in Room 466L on Thursdays at 3:00 p.m.