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Volume 6, Issue 1: Fall 1997

From the Editor:

 

Why The "Promethean"?

At the start of the semester, I asked some people on campus what they knew about The Promethean. The answers were humbling, ranging from "The what?" to "Is that the newspaper?" Forging fearlessly ahead, I then asked if anyone knew what "Promethean" might mean. Even the members of my staff seemed uncertain. It therefore occurred to me to explain what this word means and why it is an appropriate title for our campus literary magazine.

Webster's defines "Promethean" as 1. of or suggestive of Prometheus; 2. creative; boldly original.

Definition 2. seems clear enough, but Definition 1. seems to beg the question. So Promethean is suggestive of Prometheus? Great! That's like saying Rabelaisian is suggestive of Rabelais — not very helpful unless you know the meaning of the original term. Clearly more insight is required. Prometheus, it turns out, was a Titan — one of the children of Uranus, the ancient Greek personfication of heaven, and Gaia, the goddess of the earth. Prometheus stole fire from Mount Olympus, where it had previously been used only by the gods, and gave it to mortals. This was in direct defiance of Zeus, king of the gods, who was really ticked off about it. As punishment, Prometheus was chained to a rock, where every day an eagle tore out his liver, which regrew overnight, so that it could be tom out again. Finally, Prometheus was released by Hercules, another Greek godling who went around doing any number of good deeds of this sort.

So we at The Promethean encourage everyone to seek light and truth, challenge the status quo, and enhance the Concordia campus with their creativity. Many thanks to those who were bold and original enough to submit their work in this issue.

Issue

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The Promethean, Fall 1997
English Department

Artwork

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calligraphy
Keeley Longcor

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calligraphy
Jen Russell

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calligraphy
Dan Sidey

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calligraphy
Kris Zelinka

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calligraphy
Beth Balliet

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calligraphy
Masako Saito

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calligraphy
Ayako Watanabe

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calligraphy
Alison Ludke

Essays

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Stuff
Tom Farruggia

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Antigone: Was She Real?
Stephanie Hopkins Hughes

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Antigone Review
Cindy Gardner

Interview

Photographs

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Untitled Photograph
Ayako Watanabe

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Ayako Watanabe

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Untitled Photograph
Masako Saito

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Untitled Photograph
Namiko Kanaori

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Untitled Photograph
Masako Saito

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Untitled Photograph
Masako Saito

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Untitled Photograph
Masako Saito

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Untitled Photograph
Ayako Watanabe

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Untitled Photograph
Ayako Watanabe

Poems

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Seattle 1997
Jeff Koehler

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Happy Pagans
Kjel Alkire

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Refuge
Charlotte Evensen

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A Song
Kara Gsell

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Petals
Anna-Lisa Larsen

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Once Again
Nick Voll

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Brad's Poem
Karen Thompson

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Moment
Kara Gsell

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I Wish I Was Your
Kjel Alkire

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Of Mere Being
John Boots

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Velvet Pants
Charlotte Evensen

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Life along the River
Anna-Lisa Larsen

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Stand in the Gap
tom farruggia

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"How Much?"
Jen Russell

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Song to My Savior
John Murray

Stories

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One Team, Many Parts
Sarah Peterson

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Kevin's Room
Anna-Lisa Larsen

Fall 1997

STAFF
Trisha Cauthorn
Charlotte Evensen
Tom Farruggia
Jonathan Fisk
Cindy Gardner
Stephanie Hopkins Hughes

Cover photography by Masako Saito