The only time I look at the stats page on my WordPress dashboard is when I accidentally click on it when trying to do something else! So this was how I learned that I had just put up my 400th post a couple of days ago. It is just shy of 2 years ago that I started this blog – and I can safely say I had no idea what I was getting into when I started – so it is amazing to me to see that number! But most of all thank you for joining me on this journey. Who knows where the next 400 posts will take us?
That peek at the stats did lead me to poke around and determine which Tuesday posts had thus far “won,” so to speak (feel free to click on either one to pay it a visit) –
My collage for Robert Okaji’s poem At Sunrise We Celebrate the Night’s Passage had the most “likes” (92)
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Geo Kalpataru’s colorful drawing for A.E. Housman’s When I Was One-and-Twenty had the (well deserved) highest number of views (177)
For today’s post, I decided to revisit an excerpt that didn’t light up the stats page, but is still one of my favorites. Louise Erdrich is the author of multiple books, stories, and poems and a small independent bookstore owner (if you are in the Minneapolis area, you can pay Birchbark Books a visit!). Her poem Indian Boarding School: The Runaways was my first introduction to her work and it has left a lasting impression. You can read the whole poem here. Postage stamp collage, imbued with all of the metaphor and meaning that postage can carry, and composition by me.