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An Insomniac's Guide to Writing

Elizabeth Lyons

"Listen: there was a goat's head hanging by ropes in a tree. All night it hung there and sang. And those who heard it Felt a hurt in their hearts and thought they were hearing The song of the night bird½" - from Brigit Kelly's "Song" I think if we took…


Jesus' Son

Elizabeth Winston

I arrived in Houston on the night of the fourth of July, after driving for four days - my partner, our sixteen-year-old dog, two cats, and I wedged into the car with suitcases and potted plants - from Massachusetts, where I'd lived for twelve years. I…


Everything Returns to the Land

Caitlin Maling

When I moved from Western Australia to Houston I brought only two books with me: the novel Cloudstreet by Tim Winton, and a photography book, Silence, by Brad Rimmer. Choosing these books to fit within my very limited luggage weight was difficult, but…


Dir bul shchyl

Olga Mexina

The best writing articulates the indescribable and names the unnamable. Precision and clarity are important, but it's something that transcends their boundaries in a text that makes it work. Last week in the workshop we discussed this in class, and, tending…


A Scary Frost Poem for You, On Halloween

Becca Wadlinger

I write to you this Halloween dressed as Margot Tenenbaum, excited to share a poem that never graces the "Best Scary Poems" lists so dear to poetry blogs around this time of year. The poem is "The Witch of Coos" by Robert Frost, and can be read in full…


Spotlight

Analicia Sotelo

It's true. I watch Glee. I know it's a show that is sometimes maudlin and clichĂ©. I don't mind this. On Tuesdays, when I get home after teaching/workshopping/worrying about how well I'm doing at life, I like sitting in front of my TV's shiny gleam and…


On Houston, Art, Cheap Buys and Fried Pickles

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I love Houston. And I wasn't even born here. And I definitely didn't get here as fast as I could. Okay, I was born in the south. Swatting mosquitoes and fighting cockroaches are as natural to me as brushing my teeth. It's just what you do. A day on the…


Welcome to Issue 24.1 Online

Gulf Coast Online Editor

Cy Twombly passed on back in July, and we here at Gulf Coast wanted to honor him in a big way. His presence in our own city of Houston has been substantial over the years, especially in the form of his own gallery as part of the local Menil Collection…


Idling in October

Michelle Oakes

I hate driving. I think the freeway must be Hell, and I intend not to go there. That said, I can happily reflect that the adversarial nature of my relationship with Houston's roads and drivers is entirely out of keeping with all other relationships I've…


A Fan's Notes

Steve Sanders

For the sports fan, October is the time of narrative abundance, a time with endings both happy (see Albert Pujols and Nelson Cruz) and despairing (Boston, Epstein, fried chicken), second acts that promise to keep up interest well into the new year (the…