I am happy to say that today I turned in my final two term papers for my first two classes in graduate school. It is hard to describe the relief I feel. Each paper had to be a minimum of 15 pages – one was about the language in Maya Angelou’s autobiographies and the other was about feminism in the novella Turn of the Screw. Brutal. But I’m done and I’m thrilled.
I have also decided to switch from the MA in English to the MA in English and Creative Writing. As much as I love classic literature, I’m chomping at the bit to learn to write my own stuff. I will choose either poetry or fiction as my concentration. But, for my next semester (after a blissful, wonderful week off next week), I will be taking Topics in British Literature and Topics in American Literature. I expect to have a blast!
In the meantime, the following poem was written in honor of my ex-boyfriend whose hair I really liked. I’m using the form Tanka, which is basically a Haiku with an extra two lines. The syllables are, line by line, 5, 7, 5, 7, 7.
His Beautiful Hair
Streams of coffee hair
Graze golden brow, happiness
Like a babbling brook
Laps unspeaking love to eyes
Faithful, birthing love to all