I’ll take scissors and cut pages into pieces; play a puzzle game.
She walks in hesitation Unsure of where her faltering feet should step. The cracks in the sidewalk threaten to become crevices down which she will fall because nothing exists beneath the sidewalks. The earth beneath the cement deteriorated long ago Crumbled away, shrinking toward the core of the earth She walks in hesitation, uncertain if her…… Continue reading She walks in hesitation–National Poetry Month Day 2
My friend Cheryl asked me if I was going to try National Poetry Month again, so here goes. I’m behind already. It should be Day 3, but here’s day 1. The valley, this year Overflows with yellow blooms. parched sand lies beneath.
One of my dissertation chapters is about John Joseph Mathews Wah’Kon-Tah and Sundown. It’s fitting in between chapters describing the art/writing inspired by locations–New Mexico and Oklahoma, to be specific. Mathews seems to walk a line of arguing that the landscape is a constant, and showing that it isn’t. He’s writing about the encroachment of modernity, and the ways…… Continue reading Shaped by landscape
how powerful is empathy? it’s a question that keeps circling in my mind. A few weeks ago, a colleague posted on Facebook, about a student writing that mass shootings are inevitable. She was disheartened, and refused to believe/adopt this stance. She chose to believe that violence is not our future, and wondered where this fatalism…… Continue reading empathy
I’ve been practicing yoga on and off for about 18 years now. At 14, I took a meditation course at the local community center. At 16, I took my first asana-based yoga class. If we were going by numbers, I should be some sort of super-bendy pretzel person that can do headstands and handstands and contort…… Continue reading Yogic Lessons
I’ve taken a step back from writing, because, as I work through my dissertation it has become clear that I have much left to do and not enough time in which to do it. All semester, I’ve been wanting to have the time to read, to revisit my research and explore the new directions I…… Continue reading Dissertation Update
For close to a decade, I have been in school. In 2006, when I was 22, I started college at UCO. I’d taken a couple years off, after completing my Associate’s degree back in Washington at Olympic College, and then moving to Oklahoma. (Long story). It was a summer session–British Literature, The Romantics onward, I think.…… Continue reading Secure Anxiety
I’ve been really happy with my progress the past 8 days. It’s November 8, day 8 of Academic Writing Month, and I have a total of 7649 words so far, toward my dissertation. Day 1: 1827 –this was the best day, by far, if we’re talking sheer numbers. I researched for 2 hours first, and then…… Continue reading Writing Hangover: Or, Academic Writing Month, Day 8
I’ve learned and relearned over the years that an important part of my writing process is taking time to reflect. I doubt I’ll post every single day of Academic Writing Month, but I will write some of my thoughts after each completed day and I’ll put some of those thoughts here on the blog. So,…… Continue reading Academic Writing Month, day 1 reflection