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Forces

Volume 2009 (2017)

Editor Notes

FORCES marks its 20th year of publication with this issue. As always, it includes an array of tastes and sights and sounds and memories from Collin College students. Works range from the memoirs of several of our senior SAIL members to two featured poets: Mike Raffaele, whose work shadows a young Walt Whitman/Allen Ginsberg, and Susan Blick, whose work has a personal yet disciplined quality.

Finally, we are blessed to be supported and backed by a board and president whose vision continues to let Collin County residents have their dreams precede realities while providing a reflective yearly touchstone that actively archives our time and our community. Also, one final trip can be taken through Molly Boyce’s 1980 © poem; it is a veritable journey through world events from the college’s beginning to present.

“We didn’t start the fire.” — Billy Joel

Complete Issue

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2009Forces
Scott Yarbrough

Photographs

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Bronze - Black Bird
Suzanne Hess

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Choices
Tracy Dicks

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Livestock Station
Katherine Robinson

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Johnny Lee
Kristi Ashcroft

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Read Me
Mirtha Aertker

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Trees
Donna Gors

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Untitled
Ashley Danielle Siebert

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Lone Man
Cinde Rawn

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Ghost in my Head
Meredith Morton

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Toyota
Cinde Rawn

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O'Connor 5
James O'Connor

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Shadows
Donna Gors

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O'Connor 3
James O'Connor

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O'Connor 2
James O'Connor

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Ethereal Angel
Jennifer Nail

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Night of Fire
Terry Chen

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Texture Scars
Terry Chen

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Saint Francis
Suzanne Hess

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Black and White
Cinde Rawn

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Art Life
Ashley Sanders

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Traditions
Cinde Rawn

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Playground 03
Terry Chen

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Angel Face
Cinde Rawn

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Mothers
Donna Gors

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My House
Mirtha Aertker

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Contemplating
Tracy Dicks

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Play That Guitar
Elizabeth Fiechtner

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Pins
Joseph Martinez

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Neptune's Net
Eunice Bridges

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Iron & Untitled
Tomiko Ueda

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Guarda Espirius Jars
Eunice Bridges

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Trampa
Mirtha Aertker

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Train #2
Austin Worth

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Train #6
Austin Worth

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Laws 1, Laws 2
Leslie Laws

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Details
Donna Gors

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Untitled 2
Norma Jean Montejano

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Untitled 3
Norma Jean Montejano

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Rungs
Donna Gors

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Untitled 1
Norma Jean Montejano

Poems

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1980
Molly Boyce

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All Good Things
Katie Fitzrandolph

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American Superstore
Michael Raffaele

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Sunlight
Mary Baumgartner

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Thanking the Muse
Sabrina Mendoza

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The Mockingbird
Beth Turner Ayers

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Pictures of Vietnam
Michael Raffaele

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Still Running
David Drane

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In the Absence of Emotion
Melissa C. Maier

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Sunday Mornin' Paper
Bill Cunningham

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Words on a Page
Susan Blick

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All Holes Lead to China
Beverly Sellers

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Meadowbank Rd
Michael Raffaele

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Blue-Jeaned Kids
Anna Gauthier

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Poems About Pennies
Michael Raffaele

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We are Maybe Not Prepared
Yvonne Morgenstern

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Xx
Susan Blick

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A Matter of Fact
Beth Turner Ayers

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Species
Susan Blick

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David
Michael Raffaele

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Death of a Valentine
Michael Raffaele

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Family Reunion
Sidney Portilla-Diggs

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Greenhouse
Anna Gauthier

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Malaise
Lauren Smart

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Bless Me…
Susan Blick

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Heavy in my Jesus Year
R. Flowers Rivera

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Nakesha, Naked
Molly Boyce

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Abandoned
Molly Boyce

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Predawn Aubade
R. Flowers Rivera

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If Poems Were Children
Philip Fullman

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Anada
Chad Hansen

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94
Philip Fullman

Short Stories

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Burying John's Leg
Rudy McCallister

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Little Rabbit
Virginia Davis

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Christmas Past
Doris Yanger

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Tattoo
Angela Klewicki

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Letting Go
Christine Hagen

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The Ancient Ones
Beverly Sellers

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Scarecrow's Last Thought
Anthony Armstrong

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Shopping
Betsy Giron

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Ugly Snow
Amber King

Painting

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Me
Mirtha Aertker

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Drawings: Dwight, Untitled
James G. Robinson

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Graphite Drawing
Nicole Barnes

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Untitled
James G. Robinson

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Untitled
Macy Freeman

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Untitled
James G. Robinson

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Green Woman
Joe Prescher

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Untitled
Elizabeth Fiechtner

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Dancer
Joe Prescher

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Crete
Joe Prescher

Essays

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Introduction
Scott Yarbrough

Editors

Editor-in-Chief
Scott Yarbrough