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Our text for this session was the poem “Breakage” by Mary Oliver, posted below.
Our prompt for this session was: “Write about the tattered or the whole.”
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“Breakage” by Mary Oliver, I go down to the edge of the sea. How everything shines in the morning light! The cusp of the whelk, the broken cupboard of the clam, the opened, blue mussels, moon snails, pale pink and barnacle scarred— and nothing at all whole or shut, but tattered, split, dropped by the gulls onto the gray rocks and all the moisture gone. It's like a schoolhouse of little words, thousands of words. First you figure out what each one means by itself, the jingle, the periwinkle, the scallop full of moonlight. Then you begin, slowly, to read the whole story. Source: Poetry (Poetry Foundation, 2003)
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