Robert Hamill

Prose

In Creative Writing, Fiction, Non-Fiction on March 29, 2011 at 12:58 am

Class of Uniformed Boys and Girls

Below are three stories of less than 1,000 words. They are full stories despite their brevity.



Non-Fiction

Bingo Day” A great day at St. Ambrose turns sour.

Fiction

Gabby” A precocious teenager takes an extreme step to discover his place in the neighborhood.

Crazy Frazy” An eight-year-old boy finds that easy money has a cost.

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  1. Bob, your work never fails to impress. Your portfolio is flawless. You have thought through its construction carefully and have put together a polished, organized site that is easy to navigate and visually interesting. It represents you and your work perfectly. It is a true reflection of how hard you have worked over the course of the semester, and I can tell from your revised work and your thoughtful reflection pieces that both the project and the process are valuable to you. I love your reflection about poetry, and I have to say that I think your poetry is the most surprising work you’ve done. I think it is because you take a straightforward approach to it and aren’t afraid to let go of things. Sometimes when we hang on to certain lines, it keeps us from really finishing a piece, but you have such a pure notion of staying focused on the images and the idea, and it serves you well. I hope it won’t take you 40 years to write some more poetry. 😉 One very valuable thing to remember is that the lessons you learn in poetry can help you add depth and beauty to your prose. F. Scott Fitzgerald, who wrote the great American novel in The Great Gatsby, desperately wanted to be a poet before he wrote novels. He worked and worked at the poetry, and while that was never the ticket for him, it made him one of the great writers of the 20th century. His prose is as beautiful and lyrical as any poem, and I believe it’s due to his love of poetry. It’s been a pleasure knowing you, and as I said earlier, I think the portfolio is flawless. Best of luck to you.

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