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Clint Smith, silence, & a concussed reflection

A few weeks ago, I had the privilege of listening to Clint Smith, writer & teacher & poet, perform several of his poems in a crowded lecture hall in Barus and Holley. He read mostly from his new book, Counting … Continue reading

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Negative Space and Silence

I used to take a lot of visual art classes, and one of the concepts I struggled with the most was finding something to do with the negative space. Teachers loved to remind me to make use of it, that … Continue reading

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Daffodils and an Empire

In “Interview with an Empire,” M. NourbeSe Philip, seemingly by means of digression, devotes significant space to unpacking the image of daffodil as made famous by the english romantic lyric poet William Wordsworth (see “I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud”). … Continue reading

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the terror of language & the horror of silence

cw: sexual assault, sexual violence This week, I intended to write about the book that made me want to be a Social Studies teacher, Silencing the Past: Power and the Production of History, by Michel-Ralph Trouillot. In this account of … Continue reading

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silence, resurrection & readership

I’m a fixer. When a doorknob in my house no longer catches the pin, I rig it with a paperclip, some cardboard and tape. When a hole widens in the seam of my jeans, I patch it over. When I … Continue reading

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The Unconscious and (Not) Telling Silences

There is no telling this story. This story must be told. This story must tell itself.  I have been thinking recently about the unconscious. How often I believe people misuse the word to describe things that are not the unconscious. … Continue reading

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