The Perfect Grub Street Read Based On Your Zodiac Sign

Logan Furness, 2018-19 Online Poetry Editor

Grub Street’s newest edition is soon to reach campus and with so many great works inside, it can be overwhelming to pick where to start your literary journey. Luckily the stars have aligned to lead you to your perfect read. Obviously we can’t give away too much, but these pieces are sure to get you excited for the launch of volume 68.

Aquarius (1/20-2/18) [After my husband died, I did not ] by Tim Neil 

This is not your average elegy poem. Neil’s words captured our poetry team. Join us in our obsession with this poem!

Pisces (2/19-3/20) Adam’s Rib by Eva Niessener

Niessner’s essay dives into the origins of names, the tales of childhood, and the grieving of a family after losing a child. 

Aries (3/21-4/19) Falling by Christina Yang

This short story follows the relationship of the Michelle and Doug while Michelle learns about herself through her relationships with her parents, her sister, Doug, and her worm farm. 

Taurus (4/20-5/20) Internet Dating, Day 16 by Josh Lefkowitz

Lefkowitz’s poems (see also “America’s Most Misspelled Words”) bring a humorous take on life and the phenomenon that is swiping through selfies and bios in search of love.

Gemini (5/21-6/20) Ubuntu by Andi Mclver

Although it is one of the longer pieces in the journal, it reads quickly due to the sectioned memories through which the story is told. Mclver reflects on her life in South Africa as a white woman in a racially-divided climate.

Cancer (6/21-7/22) Send Me Something Sexy by Shayna Goodman

This essay explores how dating someone can distort your image of yourself and the miscommunications, vulnerabilities, and self-realizations that come with dating (and breaking up) in college. Goodman captures readers’ hearts and attention with this relatable and captivating work.

Leo (7/23-8/22) Sheetrock by Cameron Morse

This poem is endearing as the speaker contemplates how cancer will affect those closest to them. 

Virgo (8/23-9/22) Things We Might’ve Called Crazy by Sally Leaf

Leaf’s montage of butterfly facts and her descriptions of college life as a young adult coping with mental illness is beautifully intriguing, pulling at your emotions one minute and then having you smile to yourself as you turn the page.

Libra (9/23-10/22) Carmelita by Alison Hazle

This poem gives a sense of longing nostalgia for a person you can no longer enjoy the intimate moments of life with.  Be sure also to check out the other poems published by Hazle in volume 68 of Grub Street.

Scorpio (10/23-11/21) Zion in El Salvador by E.E. Rodriguez

We get a taste of Latin American culture with Rodriguez’s mixing of Spanish and English lines, and the strong images make you feel even more connected to the poem.

Sagittarius (11/22-12/21)  The View From Here by Emily Brisse

Brisse reflects on how privilege has given her amazing opportunities, such as a spring break trip building houses for families in need; yet, it has also blinded her from seeing some of life’s consequences.

Capricorn (12/22-1/19) Gulfs by Natalie Lyalin

Lyalin creates impeccable imagery with this piece about all the things left unsaid.