Posted by: Staff | 03.15.2008

Heliconian: PDF of issue and more!

DAN KATZ ’08 & The Heliconian Staff

Spring break lends itself to hours of unorganized time, perfect for sitting down with a good poem, book, or perhaps the print issue of The Beaver Reader. We at the Heliconian want you to remember the literary voice at our school, and so we felt it important to provide the PDF of the Heliconian in our little literary corner here. Take a look at the past issue, and look forward to the new issue of the Heliconian this spring.
The PDF can be found here:

In other Heliconian news, we would like to use this space to remind you that we are now accepting submissions for the Spring Issue! So, if you have any writing or artwork that you are especially proud of, please send it to us at To make it simple, go to first class and type Heliconian into the address bar.

Spring break also lends itself to ample time to write your own poem or prose. Sit down at your computer, start typing, see what comes out, and send it to us- we might just publish it!

To get those creative juices flowing, take a look at the poem below.

Introduction To Poetry
Billy Collins

I ask them to take a poem
and hold it up to the light
like a color slide

or press an ear against its hive.

I say drop a mouse into a poem
and watch him probe his way out,

or walk inside the poem’s room
and feel the walls for a light switch.

I want them to waterski
across the surface of a poem
waving at the author’s name on the shore.

But all they want to do
is tie the poem to a chair with rope
and torture a confession out of it.

They begin beating it with a hose
to find out what it really means.

Happy writing!

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