Reading Natasha Trethewey’s Bellocq’s Ophelia and Native Guard Through the Lens of Roland Barthes’s Camera Lucida • Empty Mirror

Not much has been written about Natasha Trethewey’s Bellocq’s Ophelia or Native Guard, and what has been written is mostly about the racial content of the poems. Quite a bit, however, has been written about Roland Barthes’s Camera Lucida and his use of studium and punctum in relation to photography, but not much has been…

On Waiting • Empty Mirror

Zaatari / photo credit: Planet Labs, Inc. CC-BY-SA 4.0Standing at the stove, I am stirring the bright white of milk, waiting for it to set. The kids are asleep, and though I have other things to do, tonight I have chosen the anti-rebellion of cooking low and slow. Stock-piled milk in the fridge threatens to…

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