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A Brief Reflection

Posted by Kyle Frink, Poetry reader for issue 4.2

Now that the final publishing of Gandy Dancer 4.2 is coming to a close, I wanted to take the opportunity to find out a little about the published authors’ thoughts and feelings. I had the privilege of asking a couple questions to authors currently published in Gandy Dancer. Mainly concerned with how it felt to be published, I asked Sarah Steil ’17, and Sarah Simon ’17 (both from Geneseo) about their first reactions to being published and to reflect on their writing process. I found the responses differ a widely between each person. Sarah Steil said of being published, “I mean it’s really exciting, right? Like that means a group of people read something I wrote and thought it was meaningful in some way.” However, Sarah feels like now that her piece is out in the world, she doesn’t have another chance to fix or change it. “It’s exciting to see your name in print, but you never get feedback for it so I just hope someone reads it.” Knowing Sarah personally, it is quite plain to see how hard on herself she can be. While Sarah’s story, “Flickering,” is fiction, she prefers to write nonfiction. “I feel like writing nonfiction is more satisfying, because when I finish a piece it’s exciting because it’s done, but also satisfying because I’ve figured something out through writing it.” Sarah uses nonfiction to put the complex and ever-changing puzzle pieces of her life together in a way she can understand.

We had a very interesting piece of poetry come through our submissions list, one that at first caused wrinkled brows and took some time to discuss. This poetry submission included images as well as a sporadic change in format. Sarah Simon’s “Cingulum” was accepted into the latest edition, providing a unique perspective on depression. She says “‘Cingulum,’ the poem I submitted, is personal. It discusses and plays with the idea of clinical depression. The imagery and literal images (photos are part of it) expound on these ideas, which often halt me my in my tracks yet keep me going. If that poem was chosen, maybe it stopped someone for a little while too, and in a way that makes you realize that you must keep going.” Sarah Simon looks forward to the Gandy Dancer launch part on May 11th at 9:00 AM in the College Union Hunt Room. “I was so pumped to hear about getting published; I know the editors really consider submissions… I’m planning on reading my poem there. I hope to have a similar effect on the audience at the launch party, using my voice and material.”

We are delighted and very satisfied with the finished product and are looking forward to the launch party to debut the 4.2 edition!


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c i n g u l u m


It is an integral part of the limbic system, which is involved with emotion formation and processing, learning, and memory. The combination of these three functions makes the cingulate gyrus highly influential in linking behavioral outcomes to motivation (e.g. a certain action induced a positive emotional response, which results in learning). This role makes the cingulate cortex highly important in disorders such as depression and schizophrenia.

—“Cingulate cortex” from Wikipedia

wraps to form a cranial

bay curve


winding from that

Boston Bostonian

I am not a New Englander but Cape Cod’s shiver


above is that Merrimack of mine

and skiing and reading,

collapsing into the cortex of itself, laughing:

He is saying his haircut is always $16

and when paying

he only asks for a dollar back

There is not depression;

You “thank you” through a drawl drawn

out and down with the staircase,

to a door held open for you that

you expect to be held open for you

There is hope in you expecting;


There is a

silence after screams.

You are etched on my heart


1 engrave (metal, glass, or stone) by coating it with a protective layer, drawing on it with a needle, and then covering it with acid to attack the parts the needle has exposed, especially in order to produce prints from it: (as adj. etched) : etched glass windows.

There is the feeling come


There is far too much feeling.

So I will go away from it now

and vacation on the Cape playing hand

games with anchors;

serotonin is the masthead and my boat is upside-down

So the anchors will dock in my direction,

and I will have a will to entertain them

with whispers. of little things the people around me do,

curving to drown a family secret:

planning and expecting and art and feeling,

laying beach chairs out over the hook

and an umbrella,

to protect from the sun.

Their little ticks are the curlicues

drawing on banalities concentrically, while

depressed people only draw on themselves.

Depressed people twist for nothing.

Depressed people know they know everything.

Depressed people are more realistic.

Depressed people neither maintain tip rituals nor

Drawl to held-open doors, nor create;

Depressed people are not in love.

(Am I depressed)


Definitions are what is known

in parses.

Wrap the cingulum by a numb-numbing curve, and

accept the prehensile word. eat clam


Would 6 be a good time for dinner?

Feels like I’ll be hungry by then

(You are quite good at monitoring the activity of your duodenum)

(It’s nice to know you care about things)


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Sarah Simon is a junior studying psychology at SUNY Geneseo. She likes to use the word receptive. In her free time, she is friends with fictional characters.

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