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And eat it too

He baked you a cake?
Yeah. Isn’t it great? I’ll never want to finish eating it.
He obviously likes you.
Well, I thought so. Before, I mean, when he gave me the cake. But I know he doesn’t.
Caitlyn, he baked you a cake for crying out loud. How could he not like you?
He’s just home-broken. House-broken. Whatever you call it. He bakes.
No guy bakes for a girl he’s just friends with.
This guy does.
I don’t believe it.
Oh, believe it. You should’ve been there when I met him.
Tell me.
We were at McConn.
No, no. I was in line, and he was in front of me.
Did you say hi?
Not right away. I just kind of stared.
At what?
His hair.
His hair?
He has really nice hair. He usually covers it with that silly hat.
But underneath it?
Really … great … hair.
So then you said hi?
No, I touched his hair.
You didn’t?
I did. And you know what? It’s soft. Just like you’d expect it to be.
You’re joking, right? You just went up and touched his hair.
I wish. I asked first.
That’s a little better.
I said, “You have really great hair. Can I touch it?”
Oh, Caitlyn, that’s hilarious! What did he do?
He leaned over and let me touch it.
The rest is history.
Then he likes you?
Not exactly.
You just said the rest was history, like it’s the end of the story. So it’s not?
Well, that was a month ago. So much has happened.
Like what?
The date.
You went on a date with him?
Sort of.
Tell me!
It was nothing. We just watched a movie at his apartment.
Well, yeah, alone. It was a date … I think.
You mean you don’t know?
It seemed like a date. He flirted.
And he walked me back to campus.
Did he try to hold your hand?
Then it wasn’t a date.
He could be a prude.
Yeah, right. Did he know that you liked him? On the date, I mean.
Oh yeah, it was pretty clear. Lots of signals.
But he didn’t hold your hand?
Then he doesn’t like you.
I told you.
But there’s more, isn’t there?
Well, that happened two weeks ago, so yeah, there’s more.
What next?
He called me.
He didn’t!
The next day. He called me just to talk.
Oh, guys never do that.
They don’t.
Surely he must like you.
I thought he did. When he called me, I was sure of it.
Then what changed?
Well, he gave me the cake.
He gave me the cake Thursday, then yesterday we talked. We DTR’d. I told him I liked him. I told him I liked his hair and his smile and the way he says his vowels.
Then how’d he respond? What’d he say?
He said, “Huh.” He just brushed it off, like it was nothing.
That doesn’t mean anything.
Of course it does. It means everything.
So are you sad?
Kind of.
What’re you going to do with the cake?
Eat it, I guess.

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Caesura is a literary term, meaning the pause or break in a line of poetry. For Indiana Wesleyan University, however, Caesura is also a literary magazine published each spring.

Caesura features a variety of prose, poetry and creative nonfiction and visual art pieces submitted by students. Caesura Editor Lauren Leuschner (sr) said the idea behind the magazine is true to the term – prompting readers to reflect on what they’ve read and where they are going next.

Caesura was first published in 1990. At the time of its first publication, Dr. Mary Brown, professor of English, served as Caesura’s faculty adviser. Brown remembers wanting to start a literary magazine and having students who were interested in creative writing. Also at the time, the English department of IWU was a member of a national English honors society called Sigma Tau Delta, which had a literary magazine. All of these had an influence in the birth of Caesura.

“Things happened more easily in 1990 than they do now,” said Brown, explaining the only hoop to jump through was covering the cost for printing the magazine.

She continued, “We still have copies of the first year because we thought, ‘We’ll do this great literary magazine, everyone will want it, it won’t cost all that much,’ so we had about 400 copies printed when we had a student body [of] 1,200 or 1,500… Needless to say, we didn’t sell all of those copies.”

One of the challenges the magazine has faced is the moral dilemma of publishing literary pieces that are of potentially offensive subject matter or contain strong language. Brown said that those instances have been some of the few times she got involved with the editors to evaluate whether or not the content was valuable. Otherwise, the magazine has been led almost exclusively by students.

Over the years, Caesura broadened its content by adding pieces of visual art.

“I’m very interested in interdisciplinary stuff, especially interdisciplinary arts, so that’s been great to get art students and writing students working together a little bit,” said Brown.

In 2000 the editors of the magazine began including themes for individual issues as part of the title, a result of Brown encouraging the editors to make the magazine their own.

“The theme does not mean the pieces necessarily play toward it at all. The theme is mostly the way the editors are thinking about the magazine that year,” said Leuschner.

After 20 years of acting as faculty adviser, Brown passed the torch to the current faculty adviser, Dr. Katrina Karnehm, associate professor of English.

“It was too much for me when I was division chair for five years, so I asked [Karnehm] to do it with me until she was able to do it herself. I had my hand in too many things. It’s kind of sad for me now, because it’s something that I really like to do, but [Karnehm] still involves me in everything,” said Brown.

Karnehm, who contributed to the magazine and was a member of the reading panel as a student at IWU, explains that she wants to continue the legacy set by Dr. Brown by letting the students make the magazine their own.

“Depending on the editorial group, there’s new initiatives they try, so in the past it was just kind of ‘make the magazine,’ but now we did a contest with local high school students and that’s something we want to develop more,” said Karnehm.

Local high school students submitted pieces for publication in Caesura this year. According to Leuschner, one poetry submission and one prose submission were chosen as winners to be featured in the magazine.

Bilingual submissions were encouraged for the first time this year as well, something that Leuschner, a writing and Spanish double-major, was instrumental in implementing.

This year is also the first year that Caesura has worked with marketing students in an attempt to better promote the magazine’s release, which has been a Karnehm continuation of Brown’s vision to be more interdisciplinary.

“They’re going to work a lot on promoting it to promote the sales and basically get more people buying it so it’s not just students who get published in it and their parents buying it, but actually people in the community and people on the campus,” said Karnehm.

Leuschner works with three other editors, the longest number of editors the magazine has ever had. Grace Mitchell (jr), Lauren Martin (so) and Kolby O’Banion (fr) are all co-editors for Caesura.

Editors of Caesura are currently preparing the 22nd issue of the magazine “Pastiche,” a French word that O’Banion proposed.

“The artistic term refers to it [being] a piece of art that’s created by taking elements and motifs of other existing… artwork,” said Leuschner. “So it’s a new piece that’s made from a hodgepodge of stuff.”

Members of the Caesura staff are passionate about what they do and have a dream to share the Christian art in the magazine more widely among IWU’s campus as well as the Marion community.

“People should care about Christ being exemplified in all areas,” said Leuschner.

Caesura will be releasing “Pastiche” in the beginning of April and will host a poetry reading in support of the release later in the month.

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I’m going to vanish any day
It’s not a question of if
Of in what way
Over time or in the blink of an eye?
You’ll look for me, but I’ll be gone
Call out my name, but in vain
I’m preoccupied in blissful sigh

And I’m going to move on
To greater things
Leave behind this world of suffering
Cash in my chips to see what I’ve compiled
I’m going to miss you all too much
But what a trade, what a deal
That body of mine?
It was such a crutch

I’m going to be buried 6 feet underground
Still somehow I’ll be amid all sights and sounds
I’ll embody them
And bless those alive
With unrelenting joy and peace
But for now
I’ll settle on being one of those blessed
Until this throbbing decides to cease

I’m going to vanish any day

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