Quick backstory: my (maternal) grandfather was legally blind. He was read to through college. Blindness did not hold him back. In fact, he hated being perceived as weak or disabled. He hated weakness. In himself or others. (There are many…
“It looks like a scorpion,” he said.
What?!?!? She thought. That’s a heart.
That’s clearly a heart.
How could it possibly look like a—oh wait,
He’s right. It does look like a scorpion.
And a heart.
And that’s when she…
What are you thinking of?
The skeletal hands of oaks
Maybe the star shaped maples
Are they interlaced
Are they still and heavy in hot dense air
Are they arching above you in a…
as in fill in the
as in draw a
as in a mind went
as in shooting
as in point
as in look
as in empty, zero, flat, busted, broke, bare, void
when it’s a check
and you can…
Amidst the placards and banners and chanting and the thousands upon thousands of people walking, there was a tree and a bench where I could sit for a moment in the shade, out of the pressing stream of people. An…
The practice is inspired by Naomi Shihab Nye and her notion that words are like oars. Dip them in the water. Explore with them. Feel how they touch and bump up against one another. Let them take us…