Alison Clement

observations from a novelist who sometimes wants to say something small and see it published immediately

Tag Archive for ‘Beardstown Illinois’

everything is not going to hell, or going to Mass with my mother

I recently visited my mother who lives not far from Beardstown, Illinois. Beardstown is the town I model Palmyra after in my first book. My mother still cannot understand why people in the town are not more enthusiastic about that book. My book is a little mean about the town. It neglects the kindnesses you find in any little town: people who love their families, who help their neighbors, people […]

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white devil

> Reading Amiri Baraka for my poetry class. A poem written after the murder of Malcolm X: Poem for Black Hearts. For all of him, and all of yourself, look up, black man, quit stuttering and shuffling, look up black man I read The Autobiography of Malcolm X when I was a high school student in Beardstown, Illinois. I was at the county fair a while later with my friend […]

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