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It's been a while! What's new in life?
What isn’t new in life? I moved down to North Carolina a while ago for my wife to get a second master’s degree, and I got bored and want to keep up so I’m back in school, as well. UNC has a new MA program in Literature, Medicine, and Culture, and I’m embarking now on my thesis, which in its final form will hopefully take the form of an online database on Poetry and Illness. On top of that, my wife and I are expecting a little girl in July (!!!!), and I’m now poetry editor for The Carolina Quarterly, so the changes keep on coming.
It’s a little sad, but I’ve gotten so jaded, at this point I judge the merit of something by my ability to emoji it—to accurately assign my emotional experience one of the little pictograms your mother finds funnier than you do but only sends the worst ones. For instance, reading a BuzzFeed article: frustrated emoji, any Dunkin Donuts attached to a gas station: queazy emoji, the movie “Magic Mike”: embarrassingly, eggplant emoji.
We laugh, now, about the time
we were almost murdered on Christmas Eve,
the night the sky barely wept any snow
as the T.V. soothed with the hum and glow
of its moving parts,
the sound of reruns drowning out
tipsy but heavy steps moving into the room.