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Joyce Carol Oates
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Joyce Carol Oates
JOYCE CAROL OATES is a recipient of the National Medal of the Humanities, the
National Book Critics Circle Lifetime Achievement Award, the National Book Award,
and the Jerusalem Prize. She is the author of the forthcoming novel Butcher (Knopf) as
well as the national bestsellers We Were The Mulvaneys, Blonde, The Falls, The
Gravedigger’s Daughter,
and The Accursed. She is the Roger S. Berlind Distinguished
Professor of the Humanities emerita at Princeton University and has been a member of
the American Academy of Arts and Letters since 1978.

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Vol. 82
Works & Days
Spring 2024
Bradford Morrow

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April 17, 2024
The sound reverberated in my sense of what was right and reliable in the world like drone weaponry, and what I wanted to ask was: what business have you left undone, and did you do a thing you so regretted that you can’t let go of it, was there a person you cut off, when sympathy would have been the better gesture, was there a person you trod on to get ahead in your sales job, speaking ill of them, so that they were forever harmed, did you say something awful about a friend in school, did you call a friend the worst of names in middle school, because it was a thing they said then, the boys did that, only to find, later on, that you loved that boy in a way . . . .
April 10, 2024
I do not like old water.

The water in the ocean is old

The lake is old

But maybe it’s not

Subject to the logic of time, of old and new.

Water.
April 3, 2024
To my beloved sense of security, it’s your perimeter
that draws its corners like a belt when it comes down
to eating frozen foods out of the ground, each unenvelopment a finer slice of skin, hooped up inside     a shuffle to which turns quicken around the other way, like Artaud said about dead bolts, skull-clangor, that rings out.
The acclaimed, genre-spanning writer reads from her work.
Monday, April 22, 2024
Campus Center, Weis Cinema