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The Quill's Fall Pamphlet, 'Betwixt/Between,' Now Available

Story posted November 10, 2006

By Kathryn Papanek '07

Betwixt/Between, the Quill's fall pamphlet on change and transition, was published Sunday, November 12, 2006, and is now available in Hawthorne-Longfellow Library, David Saul Smith Union, and the Moulton Union and Thorne dining halls. The literary magazine, produced by Bowdoin students, is free.

The pamphlet includes poems by four students on aspects of change, ranging from depictions of the passage between life and death to more light-hearted musings on the transitions students experience during their time at Bowdoin.

Drawing their inspiration from a wide variety of sources, the poems express the student authors' ambivalent attitudes towards change.

Sam Chapple-Sokol '07, the author of "Half Baked" and self-described "guerilla-poet," states that he started the poem last year when he felt that he "was not yet ready for the real world."

In a different vein, Elsbeth Paige-Jeffers '10, author of "Anyone Alive Tonight," explains how she wanted to explore "The passage between life and death, heaven and hell, sin and sacrifice."

The transitional theme of Betwixt/Between is also emblematic of the literary community at Bowdoin, which, in the opinion of Darren Fishell '09, author of "When Unsatisfied," is itself "in a period of transition." With the publication of this pamphlet, the Quill hopes to draw recognition both to this rich and vibrant literary community and to the influence of change and transition in our daily lives.

"I think change is the second most crucial aspect of life, after truth," says contributor Jeffers. "And what is truth worth if we can't change after finding it?"

Contributors to the pamphlet will read their poetry in an event after Thanksgiving break. (Check back for time and location.)

The Quill is a literary magazine produced by students of Bowdoin College and dedicated to the expression of creativity. The first issue of the Quill was published in 1897. "The aim of The Quill is to furnish a medium of expression for the literary life of the college, and its columns are open to undergraduates, alumni, and members of the faculty" (The Bowdoin Quill, Vol. I, No. 2, 1897).

The Quill accepts artwork, short stories, and poetry from students, alumni, and faculty at quill@bowdoin.edu

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