Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Jherek Cummings

Hello, I am Jherek. I am 37 years old. I am a senior in college with an English major and an Anthropology minor. I have no clue what exactly I will be doing when I graduate. I have a talent. I like to match and master skills that I observe from others, especially if it is cool. Such skills include playing of musical instruments, magic tricks, and/or anything that seems difficult and considered entertainment to others. I really like to make people laugh and smile. that is the reward for my efforts.
Richard Hugo writes on page 5 of Trigger Town, "Never worry about the reader, what the reader can understand. When you are writing, glance over your shoulder, and you`ll find there is no reader. Just you and the page. Feel lonely" (Hugo, 5)? This is the first question that Hugo asks me as the reader. I thought about that for a minute and realized that it is all up to me and that, NO!, I am not feeling lonely when I write. There are more than lonely feelings, there are every-feelings, emotions, devotions, task mastery, and several thoughts that frequent the feeling of my pencil on the pages. When I look over my shoulder I feel inspired. Even the lonely feelings that exist with the others can be used to inspire good writing. So I wrote a piece called Feeling Lonely in Poemtown I hope to share it with the class, maybe as my workshop piece. 

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