Keep the Change
In Shola Balogun’s “To My Son”:
- What is the meaning of: “And make not barren what is in your mind”?
- Summarize in one sentence the advice that the poem gives.
In Karin S. Heigl’s “White Dragon,” can you think of an ending — comic or tragic —in which the man does not die of fright?
In Francis Mont’s “Truth Can Hurt”:
- Reverse the main characters’ genders. How would the story play out?
- Would it make much difference if John remembered to plug his nose when he doses Anna with “truth” spray?
In Gregg Dotoli’s “Someday, When I’m There”:
- Is the refrain “You’ll see change” meant to be taken literally or ironically?
- Do the last two lines of the poem contradict the rest?
In Val Gryphin’s “Gail the Gallant”:
- Is Gail “gallant”? How does she treat the blind woman and the man at the well?
- What comic elements are used to depict the male characters?
- What does Gail achieve simply because she’s female?
- If the story is intended for girls, will they take away a lesson in female inferiority, equality or superiority? How might boys of the same age feel about it?
What is a Bewildering Stories Challenge?