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W: WONDERLAND

The Hickory Bend production of “Alice” is a new interpretation with a Texas twist by a local writer. Wonderland is re-named Tumbleweed Land. The play mixes events and characters from cowboy history with those of Lewis Carroll’s two books.

Jandy‘s encounters at her new/old school parallel those of Alice down the rabbit hole and through the looking glass. She gets lost in the warren of hallways joining the buildings. A good student made to feel stupid, she can recite Persian poetry, but has missed out on American classics. Friends leave her behind with their chit-chat about fashions and film stars.

Down is up, and up is down. People talk in riddles. Nothing makes sense. Jandy must find her own ways to navigate the landscape. After a weird and wonderful adventure, she will emerge at Tamam Shud (the Very End in Farsi), with renewed confidence and relief that it is over. Read More 

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THE DESK

THE DESK

Please do not touch the furniture.
Too late.
I’d fingered the worn green leather
of Charles Dickens’ writing desk
in great expectations
that the magic might rub off on me.

Please, sir, I want some more
of your plot-weaving powers,
your character-conjuring spells,
to rescue my languishing fiction
from the poorhouse.

© Hazel Spire 2013

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