Accommodations Permanence

Laurence Musgrove pens a poem as the new academic year begins.

September 3, 2021
 
 
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Did you know the word “normal”

Comes from a carpenter’s square

Which is an artificial depiction

Of the imagined concept we use

To apply a theory of angles upon

Landscapes, materials, and people

We want to own and command?

So, when I get a series of emails

About student accommodations,

And a paper from a woman who

Volunteers her ADHD as reason

For her lousy object permanence

And time management abilities,

I think, this isn’t any “New Normal.”

There’s nothing to square this with,

Except the oldest curriculum we have:

The ready heart and the open mind.

Bio

Laurence Musgrove is professor of English at Angelo State University. His latest poetry collection is The Bluebonnet Sutras from Lamar University Literary Press.

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