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Living Language

I’ve been reading this book called Poetry of Asia: Five Millenniums of Verse from Thirty-three Languages. Title’s pretty self-explanatory. A lot of change in my own life right now — in work, in friends, in lifestyle, in responsibilities, in artistic goals, in future plans. It’s trippy yet comforting to be reminded of how much human … Continue reading

Library for the Homeless (pt. 2/2)

As I locked the bookcases and prepared to leave for the day, a regular who’d talked with me the week before hails me over. This time, he introduces himself as Amos Johnson, and introduces me as “the writer” to his friend, a semi-regular with a friendly, sharp face. “Amos” then launches into a full rendition … Continue reading

Library for the Homeless (pt. 1/2)

I’ve increased the time I volunteer at Lodestar Day Resource Center, now spending whole Friday afternoons watching the on-campus library so that people there have a chance to read books, play board games, and in general escape the heat. I’m still trying to run the creative writing class in the library, but it is not … Continue reading

Heating Up

115 degrees. Getting too hot outside for night walks. Friends graduating, summer projects picking up, Peace Corps application submitted. Didn’t recognize myself in the mirror the night before last. It wasn’t a dramatic experience; very matter-of-fact. This is how I look now. Kind of like my father, kind of not. Sometimes it feels wrong to … Continue reading

What’s Necessary

Eventful week. ~Freelance articles ~increasing my weekly volunteer hours ~Working madly on my Peace Corps application ~Participated in my first-ever poetry slam. I lost soundly. But I’ll probably be doing it again before the week’s up. ~Starting a camera-photo-a-day project (for some reason) [first two photos, plus more bullet points, after the jump]

Experience, Prayer, Dice

“Writing is good, thinking is better. Cleverness is good, patience is better.” –Herman Hesse, Siddhartha I meant to update this over Spring Break, but it just didn’t happen somehow, even with all that free time. But here we go. Starting next week, I might post creative writing works-in-progress, just because, y’know, what/who am I saving … Continue reading