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What’s better than a literary journal? A literary journal that raises money for charity. In 1987, Terri Windling founded Endicott Studio, an organization dedicated to literary and visual arts that are strongly influenced by myth, folklore and fairytales. In addition to collecting a variety of works for publication, Endicott Studio also raises money for charities that assist homeless, abused and at-risk children. Jane Yolen is an award winning author who has published everything from nonfiction to edited collections of folktales. Her work includes over 150 books for children, teenagers and adults. In 1982, she wrote The Fates which was later picked up and published in Endicott Studio. The Fates literally talks about the three Fates (Nona, Decima and Morta in Roman mythology; Clotho, Lachesis, and Atropos in Greek mythology). The poem begins with a description of the Fates working at the loom, pulling and threading the strands of life. The third stanza begins to tell a story of a mythological hero which is reflected in the tapestry the Fates are working on. The scene switches again in the fifth stanza, where the reader gets an image of the Fates working at an amazingly quick pace. The seventh and eighth stanzas question the origins of the Fates and their materials that they use to put together the lives of all of the mortals. The stanzas on the right (and the last stanza in the center) are repetitions of the same phrase, which reiterates that the fates aren’t working on a normal tapestry—they’re giving and taking lives. The most obvious reason for why this work was published by Endicott studio is it’s commentary on the Fates. If someone were to read this poem without any prior knowledge of Roman and Greek myth, they would have ... ... middle of paper ... ...ortant elements in this poem that writers could learn from. First, breaking the standard format for the structure of a poem can enhance the imagery in their pieces. If this poem was aligned entirely to the left it wouldn’t have as big of as impact on the reader. The back and forth creates a conversation. Going off of that, italics can convey tone when used appropriately. If Yolen chose not to italicized the repetitive dialog, the reader would have had a hard time understanding that those stanzas were meant to be in the voices of the Fates. Lastly, future writers can learn a lot about word choice from Yolen in this poem. The way the words play off of each other and evoke specific images or feelings takes the poem to the next level and contributes to the message of the poem. The Fates is well-written, insightful and timeless; an excellent edition to Endicott Studio.

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