"This work is unlike any other, in its range of rich, conjuring imagery and its dexterity, its smart voice. Carroll-Hackett doesn’t spare us—but doesn’t save us—she draws a blueprint of power and class with her unflinching pivot: matter-of-fact and tender." —Jan Beatty

Posts tagged ‘kids’

Daily Prompt Love <3 Shame

1 May 2017

Read a story this morning about lunchrooms shaming poor children.

I cried for an hour. The scars of shame run so deep, follow us into adulthood, undermine the beauty and power of who we are at every turn, if it’s not healed. 

“I look in the mirror through the eyes of the child that was me.”― Judy Collins

Make art about childhood shame, about seeing that hurt child in your adult eyes, about healing shame. 

Hundreds of Prompts! Right Here! :-)

Finally got around to getting this website updated 🙂

Including all those Daily Prompts! Right here! 

Check em out and get your creativity flowing! 

Mary Carroll-Hackett Daily Prompts!   

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Daily Prompt <3 A Child's Wisdom

Happy National Poetry Month! One of my favorite poets, and one of my favorite truths 🙂 “A child’s wisdom is wisdom still.”~Jewish proverb

As Children Know

 

Elm branches radiate green heat,
blackbirds stiffly strut across fields.
Beneath bedroom wood floor, I feel earth—
bread in an oven that slowly swells,
simmering my Navajo blanket thread-crust
as white-feathered and corn-tasseled
Corn Dancers rise in a line, follow my calf,
vanish in a rumple and surface at my knee-cliff,
chanting. Wearing shagged buffalo headgear,
Buffalo Dancer chases Deer Woman across
Sleeping Leg mountain. Branches of wild rose
trees rattle seeds. Deer Woman fades into hills
of beige background. Red Bird
of my heart thrashes wildly after her.
What a stupid man I have been!
How good to let imagination go,
step over worrisome events,
                               those hacked logs
                               tumbled about
                               in the driveway.
Let decisions go!
                               Let them blow
                               like school children’s papers
                               against the fence,
                               rattling in the afternoon wind.
This Red Bird
of my heart thrashes within the tidy appearance
I offer the world,
topples what I erect, snares what I set free,
dashes what I’ve put together,
indulges in things left unfinished,
and my world is left, as children know,
                               left as toys after dark in the sandbox.

 

Make art about what children know.

chhild wisdom 

Sometimes the Prompt Keeps Us Company

Daily Prompt

Did you ever think that, maybe, a child’s imaginary playmate might actually be there?

Make art about an imaginary friend.

imaginary friend

Sometimes the Prompt is for My Son’s Birthday

Daily Prompt
9/20/2015
 
Made my son birthday breakfast 🙂 He turned 27 today, and is both one of my greatest teachers, and my dearest friend. Breakfast involved gravy 🙂 Of course, it did 🙂 We’re Southern ❤ 
 
The rest is gravy.Gravy train. Good gravy!
 
Make art about gravy. Yep. Gravy. 🙂
 
gravy

Sometimes You Have to Let the Prompt Go

Daily Prompt

“Your children are not your children.
They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself.
They come through you but not from you,
And though they are with you, yet they belong not to you.”~Kahlil Gibran

Make art about releasing control.

roots-and-wings

Daily Prompt Catch-Up :-) Big Family Weekend :-)

 

Daily Prompt Catch-Up 🙂

8/29/2015

All my kids coming home for a visit 🙂 Make art about visitors.

 

8/30/2015

You are my children. You are my jewels. We old ones invest our future in you.” ~Diane Samuels Make art about children, young or adult, or about parenting.

 

8/31/2015

I’m fixin to go on a sewin binge 🙂 The first known sewing needle came from southwestern France and dates to about 25,000 years ago. When I sew, I feel an endless procession of women surround me, as I, in my small way, add to the story. Make art about sewing, or needlework, or stitching something together.

ice-age sewing needles

A set of bone needles from the Cave of Courbet in the Aveyron Valley, near Toulouse, France. Believed to be over 13,000 years old.

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