Response to Poem: "A Hand" by Jane Hirshfield

"A Hand" by Jane Hirshfield A poem with, what I find to be, a positive message. Our hands, like the leaves of a tree, are more useful when open.  Closed hands can hold, but they can also hang on.  Open hands can support and hold without being...

Response to Poem: "Naked girl and mirror" by Judith Wright

"Naked Girl And Mirror" by Judith Wright This poem took quite a few readings before I could even come close to having some type of vision. Writings that I have a difficult time connecting with, in a sympathetic or apathetic way, are difficult...

Response to Poem: "What do women want?" by Kim Addonizio

I hear anger. This writing sounds to me like a woman who's thoughts and dreams have been stifled. Who's been judged wrongly and feels bitter and resentful. What's interesting and somewhat confusing to me is that within the beginning of the poem it...

Response to Poem: "The Street" by Stepen Dobyns

Not being familiar with either poem nor painting, I couldn't help but wonder who inspired whom? The words written perfectly describe the image we see, but the words are also quite descriptive that I could also see where an artist would be able to...

Assignment: Coming to terms with place.

“Chicago” Hardworking, both blue-collar and white. Built on the backs of steel and rail workers. Now counting on strong minds, to make up for obsolesced strong backs.   Bustling and quick-witted, always alive.  Political and aggressive,...