Book Cover A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

A Little “Triggering” Life

Earlier this year, I read A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara. If you haven’t read this book yet, be advised, there are spoilers ahead. It took me two whole weeks to read this novel, nearly 800 pages of torture for the reader. Yanagihara’s story follows Jude, a  character who, according to an interview, is someone who simply “never gets better"...
Picture of a blank old school television

Debunking My Televised Beliefs, One Youtube Spiral at a Time

My parents were anti-television, so the only time my sisters and I had free rein to watch TV was at my grandma’s every Friday afternoon. We still couldn’t watch kids’ stuff like Disney Channel or Nickelodeon, because they showed children being disrespectful. Instead, we watched what my grandma called the oldies but goodies: Green Acres, The Andy Griffith Show, I Love Lucy, The Beverly Hillbillies . . .

Brain with poetry on the lobes and thumbtacks floating above

Moving Target

I like to know what to anticipate
little tacks . . . thinking about
what I didn't know I
needed to worry about
I didn't know you then. . .

I’ve Stayed in the Front Yard

My father never drank except at Christmastime, I’ve
never seen a brown bottle drain until I was seven, stayed
at my grandmother’s house and knew the skank smell of alcohol, in
winter where cigarette smoke looks ghostly, the
ash tray a black patch of night, he sat on the steps in front