The Angel’s Dead, but We’re Still in the House: How rejecting a gender archetype is just as limiting as conforming to it 

by Kathryn Kaiser Before I comment on the nature of archetypes in our society, two things have to be made clear. First, an archetype is defined as a “perfect example” according to Merriam Webster. An archetype is unique from a stereotype since it is the pinnacle of what a good woman, man, student, child, etc.Continue reading “The Angel’s Dead, but We’re Still in the House: How rejecting a gender archetype is just as limiting as conforming to it “

Toxic Masculinity: How Toxic?

by Charlotte Chute In class, we discussed the Taylor Mali poems and how this poet induces emotion through his unique writing style. Mali uses more of an informal style of writing which sounds more personal and is much more individualistic, especially when he performs.  We read two of his poems, one titled Tony Steinberg: BraveContinue reading “Toxic Masculinity: How Toxic?”

Rising Like Smoke: Middle School Masculinity in Mali’s Poetry

By Nora Cornell • October 8, 2020 I believe Taylor Mali’s “Tony Steinberg” poem is an ode to middle school masculinity at its best. A strange topic, to be sure, and perhaps not Mali’s intended one, but “Brave Seventh-Grade Viking Warrior” exudes the earnest and near-excessive energy characteristic of a healthy and encouraging middle schoolContinue reading “Rising Like Smoke: Middle School Masculinity in Mali’s Poetry”

On Taylor Mali’s Poems: “The Penis Warriors” and “Tony Steinberg: Brave Seventh-Grade Warrior”

By Aksel Reid These two poems reveal the positive effects of an all-male school full of teens and pre-teens learning how to grow up. The idea that all masculinity is toxic masculinity is dismantled in these poems as Mali reveals stories from his life experiences of boys becoming comfortable in their masculine skin while stillContinue reading “On Taylor Mali’s Poems: “The Penis Warriors” and “Tony Steinberg: Brave Seventh-Grade Warrior””