Yikes -- this was already a short week to begin with because of Veteran's Day (no SWIC this past Monday) but I am having one of those "Holy crap, it's already Thursday sort of weeks." I have been pretty busy this week dealing with Annotated Bibliographies from my ENG 102 sections which take time to walk through carefully and help the students think about their research questions and how they are approaching their eventual research essays. That means that I am spending little time on my own research and writing. Which makes me feel stressed. And tired.
However, I am working hard at focusing on the "good stuff" that happens in every ordinary day! For example, we are "reading" the most amazing poetry right now in my (free!) online MOOC, Modern and Contemporary Poetry (or ModPo for those in the know!). One of the poets in ModPo this week is Erica Baum, a photographer "slash" poet (or maybe it is poet "slash" photographer?). Anyway, below is an image of one my favorite pieces by her so far:
Anyway -- you get the point! Who knew such a seemingly "simple" poem could do something so powerful for me? Erica Baum is also known for her dogearing "portraits" like the one below:
So in this busy and crazy week that I am experiencing, I am trying to find "gems" like this to stay sane. Poetry is starting to be a daily reminder that language is, indeed, powerful and pivotal to how I see and think about the world. I'd like to think that wrapping my head around poetry (and images) is helping me to think a little differently -- and maybe helping me write a better dissertation!
PS: This last Erica Baum image I am leaving you with is also fantastic -- make sure you take a careful look at the words noting the "stuff" in this particular card drawer! Fantastic!