Archives for November 2017

Poem for Marie Curie

I found my inspiration for this poem — as I often do — at The Writer’s Almanac. November 7 was Marie Curie’s birthday, and the biographical details about this scientist got me thinking about women and how we are perceived.

 

for Marie Curie

 

Our notes are radioactive

scribbled in radioactive rooms

as we lived radioactive lives —

We are born — We are married — We have children — We work

somewhere else where there

is more freedom than at home —

We learn underground, in secret,

with discarded test tubes — We stir the cauldron

ourselves —

We forget we carry radioactivity in our pockets —

We discover — We inadvertently invent —We donate

our prizes —We do not need awards — the evidence

of our genius is sealed in lead-lined boxes

so no one

will touch —

be transformed

WACOAN: Get Real

For eight years I wrote a column for the WACOAN magazine called “Musings.” Only a few of them are online, but I’m going to link to them over the next nine weeks. Writing a monthly 800-word column was one of the harder writing tasks I’ve undertaken, and I think it’s also where I did some of my best work. Hope you enjoy!

published December 2015

Get Real

WACOAN: Red Tide. Blood Moon. Dead Fish.

For eight years I wrote a column for the WACOAN magazine called “Musings.” Only a few of them are online, but I’m going to link to them over the next nine weeks. Writing a monthly 800-word column was one of the harder writing tasks I’ve undertaken, and I think it’s also where I did some of my best work. Hope you enjoy!

 

published November 2015

Red Tide. Blood Moon. Dead Fish.

WACOAN: Got Eggs?

For eight years I wrote a column for the WACOAN magazine called “Musings.” Only a few of them are online, but I’m going to link to them over the next nine weeks. Writing a monthly 800-word column was one of the harder writing tasks I’ve undertaken, and I think it’s also where I did some of my best work. Hope you enjoy!

 

published October 2015

Alone Together