What’s in a name…

What is a prairie schooner? 

A prairie schooner, in its first incarnation, was the covered wagon European settlers used to transport their families and belongings to the West. The wagons’ canvas coverings appeared as white sails in the sea of tall grass, hence, "schooner.”

A prairie schooner is a vehicle of colonization/ it is a vehicle for discovery of the unknown. It destroys/ it inspires.

Vehicle: a tool for carrying, as in a covered wagon. Vehicle: the set of words that carries the meaning of a metaphor. Metaphor: derived from the Greek word for transfer or transport.

Prairie schooner: a vehicle that transports us beyond the mapped, the experienced, the known—to a place where we challenge and re-make our own meaning.

What is Prairie Schooner?

Prairie Schooner is the national literary quarterly based in
the English Department at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and
published by the University of Nebraska Press. It has been in
continuous publication since 1926. For 80 years it has been pushing
beyond the boundaries of established literature—discovering new talent
and new work. For 80 years Prairie Schooner has been transporting readers to the unknown.

In the next caravan:

Poems galore, including:
Mark Doty’s hilarious account of a visit to a chi gong parlor.
Pulitzer Prize Winner Stephen Dunn’s vivid poem “Cardinal Cardinal.”
Robert Oberg’s intense re-imagining of the Last Supper.
New poetry by Peter Pereira, Marvin Bell, Dorianne Laux, Fady Joudah, and UNP author Floyd Skloot.

Prefer fiction?
Enlist in the “Texian” army, courtesy of Brent Spencer.
Visit small town Minnesota with Carol Bly.
Lie down in front of a moving bulldozer to save JoeAnn Hart’s “Woodbine & Asters.”
Savor Andrew Porter’s exquisite story of physics and love (unrequited and otherwise).

Reviews of new books of poetry and prose.
Elaine Sexton reviews five chapbooks plus reviews of books by Tim Schaffert, Nicholas Rinaldi, Jack Gilbert, and Bob Hicok.

Want to join the wagon train?Schoonercrossing_3

Call 1-800-715-2387 or visit http://prairieschooner.unl.edu

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