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The Elephant Journal
“9 Proposals for a Thoughtful Life from a Serial Inquirer” January 2016
The phrase sedentary activism is borrowed from an interview between Neil Degrasse Tyson and Corey Booker. Booker, a decent and well-spoken man, warns of the dangers of an inactive activism. The old adage goes, “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” In the digital era, it is easy to become complacent and complain about what should be done, but it’s equally easy to inspire others by sharing personal involvement.
“The Mirage Across the River” August 2015
No one really lives in Harrisburg. A city of lost toys, a mirage across the river that appears only between Friday night and Sunday morning, then lost in a mist of concrete dust from toppled buildings and road construction when Monday comes again. The commuters, the businesses, the federal agencies, they have no attachments here. They are merely existing in a place. Living in Harrisburg is relegated to the few who shoulder the brunt of the city taxes—the ones who can’t access groceries without a car, the burnouts and the families, the hipsters and the septuagenarian cat owners.
The Burg May 2015
Not only would a trolley system be more fuel efficient than both buses and privately owned vehicles, it would also cut back on many traffic problems. According to a study implemented by the Central European Programme, trolleys, running on electricity, would demand fewer variable costs than buses running on petroleum, which varies greatly in price. Citizens would enjoy less noise and fewer emissions. Because they cannot move from their tracks, these streetcars would need to run on a very regular schedule; buses remain subverted by traffic and the whims of their drivers.
From the Fallout Shelter 2014/2015
“Importance, Presence, and a Door” (Winner, best Fiction)
Excerpt from the winning fiction piece:
The sun begins to peep through my closed blinds, making visible the overabundance of dust suspended like near-rotten fruit in a cheap jello salad, and finally meets my crusty eyes. Here I lay, spread-eagle on my bed, stained with menstrual blood and hummus, moving only my head to meet the light. The sun manages to rise every morning; I simply can’t bring myself to do the same, anymore.
The Burg January 2015
“Poems: Arithmatic Lovers, Fish, and Consumer’s Cathedral” January 2015
You oscillate between extremes, no logical pattern emerges
I can’t quantify you, your tears test acidic
Yet your needs, basic
Am I to trust the Truth or your truth?
Sigma Tau Delta Rectangle 2015
“Emotional Insulation” 2015
The last night I spent house-sitting, dreaming of a fire that consumed me along with the house, I worried whether I was dreaming or not and if my family would blame me for the phantom fire. With only a skeletal cat to keep me company, I stared at the insidious shadows bouncing off the high ceilings. The room seemed infinite. The only thing protecting me from the outside world was a blanket I found, curled up on the longest sofa available to me. I turned the fake fireplace off after the waking world took hold of me and I shivered in the dark until morning.
From the Fallout Shelter 2012-2013
From the Fallout Shelter is the literary journal of Penn State Harrisburg, and my painting, titled “Vanity” was chosen for publication in this issue. The work was done entirely using makeup and nail polish.