(Non-)Writing Update and Poems #35 and 36: “ASL 101” and “Barometric Pressure”

I spent the last week and a half dealing with allergies and sinus issues, and then preparing for midterms. This week and next, my students will be taking those midterms and I’ll be reporting midterm grades. If it goes normally for the Fall semester, there will be quite a few students in the 50-65% range on the exams, but I’m always hopeful students will use the review to help them do better than that. I’ll find out soon enough….

Needless to say, I haven’t written anything of note during this time. However, you may remember that I read the Harry Potter series earlier this year to find out why it has such widespread appeal. I’ve been thinking about it and may take a stab at writing something similar after I have finished my Aftermath series. I might be able to work a world-shaking battle between good and evil into the history of the world where my Angus the Mage and Aftermath series are set, but I think it may be better to build a new world for it. Either way, I’ve jotted down some notes for characters and potential ways to link it to my other series. We’ll see how it germinates over the next year or so.

In the meantime, here are a couple of short poems that I wrote earlier this year:

ASL 101

Her fingers flutter
softly spelling her name
over and over again—

but all I can see
is what lies hidden
behind the words.

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Barometric Pressure

the deeper

the silence

the deeper

the wound

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