• REFLECTIVE REVIEWS

    “Kissing” by Anthony Farrington

    Anthony Farrington’s “Kissing” is a beautiful patchwork of non-linear memories. He offers snapshots of his relationships and the magic they represent, snapshots of fractured and broken connections. I love the idea that experiences, in some ways, are able to stand on their own. Maybe in hindsight we see that we were naive; maybe in hindsight we know that it would have been better for all involved to refrain from intimacy – physical and emotional. Maybe we hate ourselves for having loved someone. But our memories are sneaky, clumsy toddlers. Our memories find the ice cream and eat the whole pint. Our memories want these moments to remain precious, delicate, delicious.…

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    Hunger – A Memoir of (My) Body by Roxane Gay

    In Hunger – A Memoir of (My) Body, Roxane Gay writes: “[w]hen you’re overweight, your body becomes a matter of public record in many respects… [p]eople project assumed narratives onto your body and are not at all interested in the truth of your body, whatever that truth may be” (120). Gay describes with such clarity the way in which the world we live in is so ill-equipped to make space for marginalized bodies – and more specifically – fat bodies*. Nevertheless, Hunger is an account of Gay’s life told on her own terms, an account that must be heard, deserves to be heard, though the world cannot hold it. Despite having…

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    Plan B by Anne Lamott

    Plan B – Further Thoughts on Faith by Anne Lamott is a collection of mini essays that pours all of life through a sieve, and concentrates on the flecks of gold that are left behind. That is Lamott’s gift to her readers – she holds up treasures of her experiences to the light and lets it shine through. I found myself thinking, this woman knows all the most wise, profound people. By the end of the book, I recognized that Lamott simply happens to see the treasure in her friends. Plan B is comprised of the thoughts and reflections of a religious woman. She talks about Jesus a lot – the way in which…

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    PROMPT – WEEK 3

    I remember the first time I noticed the man’s face in the moon. It was the first time I really looked at it. He looked lonely up there, all alone. Did the sun keep him company? I thought about how the moon is a kind of clock. The moon is out: I go to bed. The moon is on the other side of the earth: I am awake. The moon is visible in the blue sky: what a phenomenon. It marks the seasons. It says: Ready or not, winter is here. It says: Do you hear the birds singing? It’s spring.  I’ve heard it said that there is no scientific basis for…

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    PROMPT – WEEK 2

    It started with back pain. I would cycle to work in the morning with my back hunched, shoulders scrunched up to my ears as if to say, how the hell should I know. A week later the bike rides would leave my left leg numb, from the hip down. Walking up a hill could do the trick, too; any physical activity that got my heart rate up was enough to make me feel wobbly. Could be a pinched nerve, I thought to myself. It was on my birthday in 2016 when I looked down in the shower and noticed my fat ankle. I wasn’t in pain, just swollen. I thought of the possible…

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    POSTCARD PROMPT – WEEK 1

                                         Owns clothes made exclusively from Lululemon. Looks you up and down when you walk in wearing a pajama shirt and soccer shorts. Accomplishes the advanced version of every pose without breaking a sweat. Also smiles the entire class while looking straight at you. Hairless, stopped growing hair years ago. Eats only raw. Makes her own kombucha. Very soft-spoken but sounds peculiarly aggressive while calling you by something other than your name: love, sister, hun. Loves to quote Gandhi. Can’t top talking about gut health. Is so poor. Lives in Olympic Village. Says namaste the loudest.

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