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 …