words and images by mk swanson
 
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Prompt: Body Art

I dreamed last night that I saw someone being decorated with delicate, henna-like lines, from head to toe. The process itself seemed warm and caring, and the art was beautiful.For me, lines are related to the process of writing, and henna is linked to the support of women for one …

Prompt: Felt Sense

In Plato’s theory of forms, what we see is not the thing itself, it is simply a shadow. Perhaps emotions I can name are simply shadows of the real felt sense. Try this exercise:Get comfortable. Close your eyes and count backwards from 100, slowly. When you get to zero, try …

Ass to Chair

My niece, a budding artist and musician, said today that it has been months since she has picked up her guitar, or drawn more than a few drawings. She had some suppositions about why she wasn’t accomplishing more: she only liked to learn the guitar directly from a teacher; she …

Prompt: Ugly Reality

My family does not talk about the ugly things. A list of subjects I have rarely heard mentioned: throwing up, popping pimples, farting, cleaning up after a sick loved one, going to the bathroom, having a pelvic exam, descriptions of cruelty. In the same way, we don’t discuss the darkest …