Hennen’s Groundhog Day: MFA Alum Heather Lang Explores Poetry Pop Culture at Zeteo
In her latest Zeteo piece, MFA alum Heather Lang contemplates a prose poem, “The One and Only Day,” by Tom Hennen from his collection Darkness Sticks to Everything (Copper Canyon Press); an iconic romantic comedy, Groundhog Day; and the question, “Can we access pop culture through poetry?” She begins with a past visit to the Las Vegas strip during which she asked, “Who is Steven Seagal?” …in front of Steven Seagal. Heather writes, “A strange sort of awkwardness ensued, a social inelegance that occurs from time to time because, by choice or by happenstance, I lack a certain popular culture awareness.”
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The piece is accompanied by FDU MFA alum Letisia Cruz’s “Quest.”
Heather Lang is a poet, literary critic, essayist, and adjunct professor. Her poetry has been published by or is forthcoming in Pleiades, The Normal School, and Whiskey Island among other publications. Her chapbook manuscript was named a semifinalist in the 2014 Tupelo Press Snowbound Chapbook competition, her poetry has been twice nominated for Pushcart Prizes, and she was awarded the Spain 2015 Murphy Writing scholarship. Heather, a Fairleigh Dickinson University MFA graduate, is an editor for The Literary Review and Petite Hound Press, and she will serve as an AWP16 moderator/panelist.
Letisia Cruz is a Cuban-American writer and illustrator. She is enthralled by nature and the acute connection to form associated with ink illustration. Her visual vocabulary emerges through this focus and subsequently explores the connection between man and nature. She is a graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University’s MFA program and currently lives in Miami, FL. She is the Co-Editor of Petite Hound Press and the Online Poetry Re-Features Editor at The Literary Review.
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