FRIDAY NOTES & NEWS: Light, Dark and Trigger Warnings

by Nancy Kay Clark
CommuterLit editor & publisher

THE VERNAL equinox happened this past Saturday, March 20. The balance between light and dark has shifted. And from now until the summer solstice, in the northern hemisphere the days will be longer than the nights. As we look towards the hope and promise of Spring, I think it’s appropriate that this past week CL presented work that alternates between dark and light.

When I read last Monday’s poem, I hesitated to accept it for posting on CL. It’s a great poem, and evokes strong emotions, but it’s dark and depressing.  We’ve just lived through a winter and a year of pandemic, and I wondered if I should add to everyone’s precarious mental health by posting the poem. And the end, I decided to — but, I also put a trigger warning on it. 

This got me thinking about what kind of stories and poems people want to read in dark times. Thoughtful reflections of the times so they can begin to process their experiences? Or light, frivolous and escapist fare? And do trigger warnings work?

What do you think? Leave a comment below and let us know.

Contributors News

David Datz‘s novel Scalies is available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Smashwords, and the Apple book store (search for “david datz”).

Renee Ebert’s first published novel Until The Darkness Goes is featured on a website:  www.darknessgoes.comThe novel is available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Kobo in paperback and electronically. The website contains a link to an interview with Renee.

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