Aldon Baker

Photos taken by Aldon Baker

Music, Poetry, Video, Words

Musical Interpretation of The Song of the Old Mother (1894)

Music by Matias Ambrogi Torres Lyrics taken from “The Song of the Old Mother” a poem by William B. Yeats from The Wind Among the Reeds (1899) [Link to Score]


Art of Absence

Cartoon by: Simon Patch and Mary Sarpong

Creative Nonfiction, Words

The Life Saved By God

He was feeling smart and sly. It was 1996 on a cold day in the Orchard Park Projects in Roxbury, Massachusetts, and it wasn’t the first time he got away with selling drugs. He was feeling good to get that easy money, and to get that high. He thought he knew the game. If he got caught, he could find a public defender to get him off. The poison fire of alcohol and drugs was calling him, and the risks meant nothing.

Essays, Words

The Pagan And The Priest: An Inquiry Into The Religious Colonization Of Ireland

One of the rich traditions of Irish Culture lies in its unique mythology. The emblem of their history is defined by it, and its close ties to the mysticism and beliefs of paganism idiosyncratic to the island. Festivals of celebration, and the tradition of giving one’s self into excess is, at times, a producer of culture that can sparsely be seen in nations considered “civilized,” which is easily demonstrated by the concoction of tales surrounding Fairies, Banshees, and Gods that are fairly native to the populace of Ireland.

Contests, Fiction

Winning Stories: FUSION Student Fiction Contest


Contests, Creative Nonfiction

Student Creative Nonfiction Contest

Stories Based on Real Life: We’re looking for writing that is vital, ripe and engaging. Writing that pushes past or against literary or life’s boundaries, plays with style and form, and makes its own rules.


Berklee Student Screenplays


Interviews, Music

FUSION Meets the Fuze: An Interview with David Fiuczynski

David Fiuczynski is Director of the Planet MicroJam Institute at Berklee. He also moonlights as the leader of the Screaming Headless Torsos.


Boston Sequence

Alexandria Pierre Etienne       

Art, Video

Rub Meat

Michael Heyman, PhD, DDS, SFPS.        The Fizzbert P. Pinkbottom Endowed Chair of Nonsense at Berklee College of Music (FPPECNBCM) at a Berklee Poetry Slam

Essays, Philosophy, Teodros Kiros

Moral Economy: An Original Economic Form for the Human Condition

Teodros Kiros, PhD       MAAT was to ancient Egypt as Wisdom was to ancient Greece. Wisdom was to Plato’s aristocratic regime as Maat was to Egypt’s social and political life.


Wittgenstein, Ordinary Language, and Songwriting

Pat Pattison       My world shifted forever one Tuesday afternoon, decades ago, in Bob Baker’s Philosophy 1 class at the University of Minnesota. Bob was making a case for Descartes’ distinction between Appearance and Reality, and my head was swimming a bit.

Guests, Poetry

Four Poems from The Paul Simon Project

Karen Lillis       The Paul Simon Project (NightBallet Press, 2014) is an "album" of ten poems, one for each song title on the 1975 Paul Simon album, Still Crazy After All These Years. The poems explore subjects from relationships to class contrasts to my own take on escaping a vicious "Little Town" childhood.

Fiction, Guests

The Bridge

Tim Keppel       A sultry midmorning in Cali, the sky a hazy blue. Stoplight venders hustling bubble blowers, pinwheels, lollipops.


Humiliation — An Essay On Ingmar Bergman

Sean Brennan       In the final moments of Summer With Monika, Harry Lund (Lars Ekborg) reflects upon the happiest days of his life.  Defeated by both his wife’s betrayal and his own newfound cruelty, Harry reminisces on their summer together.


The Things That Crushed Him

Michael Nasaruk       His right leg was shaking, out of control. The golden sustain pedal beneath his foot gained momentum and kept pressing back against the low and unstable pressure of his leg.


Alien’s Ellen Ripley and NASA’s Anna Fisher

Spanning the void between fiction and reality       Taylor Page       Regardless of the photographer’s intent, this Life magazine’s 1985 cover of the American Astronaut Anna Fisher says it all: The New York City bread graduate Anna Lee Fisher (top) of UCLA ignites a intriguing comparison to Ellen Ripley: one of world’s most famous female heroes projected in film.


The Sun of my Smile

Laura Sekarputri       Every time I look at my face in a mirror, I spot its dry skin, go away and forget the way I look. I hate the color of my skin. Like the ugly duckling, I’m the darkest among my family and friends.


Beneath the Skin of “Under the Skin”

Taylor Page       “Under The Skin,” like most stories, relies upon a narrative that exists on the surface of the film: a seductive alien luring willing men into her grasp my means of a van that peruses the Scottish coastline.



Ellen Francese       I have met death / Once Twice / The ground caught me / I could not run away /


The Blue Vase

Ellen Francese       The empty blue vase stood on the round white table in the kitchen. Early morning light crept through the jalousie's slats and extended its fingers to the smooth surface of the vase.

Art, Painting

Three Paintings

Magdalene Coleman       

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