"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 ‘religion’

Quarantine Prompt a Day <3 Oh the Music

29 March 2020

“If music be the food of love, play on”–Shakespeare

Make art about the power of music, the power of song, of singing, alone or together, in difficult times. 

song

 

Quarantine Prompt a Day <3 Elders

26 March 2020 

My grandmothers. Two women from completely different worlds, cultures, backgrounds, across a vast socioeconomic divide, brought together at the end of their lives, because my parents loved each other, and loved them.

From Miz Pearl I learned about survival, food preservation, foraging, mending, how to find and create beauty even on the darkest days, and the power of prayer, especially when it’s sung. From Miz Ann I learned about the joy to be found in making things with your hands, the value of being a smartass, the pervasive connection of laughter, which fork to use 🙂 and how even the brashest and most self-regarding among us can learn the power of gratitude and humility. 

Fierce women, strong women, wise women, loving women, despite the brokenness life dealt both of them. When they lived together, sharing the same room in my parents’ house, in the twilight of their lives, they became unlikely friends and sisters. ‘Cause that’s what Love does.

Make art about what you’ve learned from elders, about the gifts they bring to our lives. 

Quarantine Prompt a Day <3 Together

23 March 2020

Even though we’re social distancing, we’re not alone. People everywhere are showing so much imagination and commitment to reaching out across the imposed distance.  

Make art about coming together, about the strength we have when we come together, about how much more is possible we come together. 

coming together

Quarantine Prompt a Day <3 Regular Comfort

22 March 2020

One of the ways I’m coping with self-isolation is by working to keep what I can of my daily and weekly routines.

Waking at the same time I would if going to campus to work, walking the dog at the same times along the same route each day. That quiet cup of coffee in the morning, the slow ease of a glass of red wine at night. 

Wednesdays I strip the beds, wash sheets, and put crisp, new bed linens on, with assistance from a particularly ‘helpful’ cat 😀

Saturday mornings I clean and wash the litter boxes, empty out and clean my fridge, mop the hardwood floors, clean the bathroom.

These small acts so much a part of my ‘normal’ weekly schedule, I’m finding, are helping to make the crisis we’re all sharing a bit less overwhelming, providing some balance in a regular, now-that’s-better, way. 

“Routine” as a descriptor often gets a bad rap, but right now, it feels a lot like comfort. 

Make art about the comfort to be found in routines. 

routine

Quarantine Prompt a Day <3 Feeding

18 March 2020 

Nourish the body. Feed the soul. 

Thinking on all the things that fed me these last few days. Yes, the meals shared with my son, but also my brother-man Eric in West Virginia, with his guitar, serenading the world with an Irish song, the silly memes my sister Adaire and I sent back and forth to each other, my young alum Katlyn and her friend selflessly working to collect donations for families and kids in need in quarantine, my current students excitedly discussing their short stories and poems in our online class, my friend Brigid writing a new comic who shared the pages with me, the sound of my friend Lynne’s laughter through the phone, my old dog sleeping on his purple pillow, my silly cat Moco biting my elbow because I was ignoring him, the humming of the bees across the burgeoning green in my yard, the multitude of good people out there doing good work teaching, sharing, cooking, donating–coping, all of them, in beautiful, humane, and community-minded ways.

So much, in the midst of this fear, to feed the soul. 

Make art about one thing recently that fed your soul. 

what feeds you

Quarantine Prompt a Day <3 Through that Window

17 March 2020

Often we’re too busy to notice the view right in front of us. One of my students, when I asked about what they missed being away from home, softly described the view of the city at night from his bedroom window in what he called ‘the projects where I live.’ 

“At night,” he said, “the lights go on forever, and every light, I think, is a soul.” 

Make art about seeing the world through your window. 

space window

 

 

Quarantine Prompt a Day <3 Oh the Possibility!

16 March 2020 

This is an in-class exercise I do with my Baby Poets, an attempt to get them to understand the emotional and emblematic power of every day objects. 

Make art about one object that represents “possibility” for you. 

suitcase possibility

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