PA #7 Kay & Kaye

Phil Kaye – Poetry in a Maximum Security Prison 

Sarah Kay – If I Should Have a Daughter

Over the last year I’ve gotten into spoken word poetry and my two favorites are Phil Kaye and Sarah Kay, who aren’t related despite the similar name. Here are the two giving Ted talks about being a modern day poet, how poetry affects people and sharing some of their own work. 


PA 6 – BJ Novak, One More Thing 

  over spring break I used my beach time to also do some reading. One of the books I brought with me was BJ Novaks ‘One More Thing’, a collection of short stories. As an Office fan I was very excited to read his first novel and I wasn’t disappointed. His stories ranged from three lines to around fifteen pages, including titles such as ‘The Comedy Central Roast of Nelson Mandela’ , ‘Chris Hansen at the Justin Biever Concert’, ‘The Literalist’s Love Poem’ and others. Would definitely recommend to anyone who watches The Office or wants a good laugh. 

PA 5 

Sylvia Plath – Daddy

After reading ‘The Bell Jar’ first semester for my English class I became absorbed in Sylvia Plath’s poems and her history. After reading ‘Daddy’ I found myself finding similar symbols and comparing them to what I knew about Plaths life and what I had read in The Bell Jar. I even wrote a four page essay analyzing the symbols from both The Bell Jar and the poem just because I couldn’t get it out of my head. I think Plath has some of the best poems that describe what life was like in the late fifties and early sixties for women who wanted a career but felt the pressure of gender roles, as well as accurately depicting her struggle with mental illness.

PA #4 

 Last summer my family and I went to banff for my cousin Kendall’s wedding but we ended up staying for a week camping and sight seeing around the area. This picture was taken at Lake Moraine which is just outside banff. It was probably my favorite part of the trip and one of the most beautiful places I’ve been to.

Six word memoir #6

 Playing for the junior wesmen had a huge impact on my life, it created incredible relationships and experiences I don’t think I would have been able to have playing for any other team. In this photo we are playing in a tournament in Sacramento, California. We were technically there for a tournament but our coaches made sure we had an experience outside the gymnasium. They took us to ice cream parlors, fairs, and a pier over looking Alcatraz and sea lions, all the while encouraging us to be more than a team, to consider each other as part of a family. 

I chose this caption for the memoir because I believe is honestly captures the way I felt during that trip. This group of girls had grown on me and with me and together we had made memories none of us would ever forget. 

Six word memoir #5 

For whatever reason we thought zebra print shiny shorts looked really cute in seventh grade. As much as I detest this picture, I feel as if it truly encompasses middle school and all it’s awkward phases. I decided to place the first part of the sentence in the top corner of the picture and the second half in the bottom because I think it exemplifies the unnfortunate hindsight I have looking back on this picture. 

Six word memoir #4 

This is one of my best friends, Maddy, after she came to watch me in our schools Fashion Show. Even though I don’t get to see her as much as I would like to she has still been an important person in my life. We met in tenth grade while playing on the same club volleyball team. We started talking more after I wore a tee shirt I bought at an Xavier Rudd concert to practice. Maddy and I both attended this concert and later found out we had a lot of similar favorite artists and bands. After the season ended we kept in contact and see each other as often as we can. Next year we will both probably be going to the U of W and I can only imagine we will become even closer. 

I chose to place the caption in the top left corner as I thought it would stand out the most. 

Six word memoir #3

Christmas is undeniably one of the best times of the year and I was lucky enough to be able to spend it with some of my favorite people. Since ninth or tenth grade this group has grown to become some of my closest friends in a fairly short time. I think what I like the most about this picture is that at the time it was taken it felt as if we were more of a family than a group of friends. Since I don’t have much family that I see at Christmas it was really nice to be able to share the season with the people who have become a sort of family to me. 

I chose to make the font green and red to make it obvious (if our ugly sweaters weren’t a clue already)  that it was Christmas. I thought the font resembled what could have been someone’s hand writing, giving the picture a Christmas card feel. 

Six word memoir #2

 Photo credit: Shenade Keast 

During the summer a couple of my friends and I went to Hailey’s cabin out in Lac Lu. In this picture we decide to go cliff jumping, because I’m not really a fan of heights I wasn’t especially looking forward to taking the plunge into the cold water when it wasn’t the warmest day in the first place. I stood at the top of the rock for what felt like ages at the time, not wanting to jump but not wanting to climb back down either. Finally I decided to get it over with and jump. After jumping I realized the prolonged wait was much scarier than the actual fall.  

I decided to possession the words so they descended as if they were falling along with me. I decided to make the letters white to stand out against the dark coloring of the water and cliff. I also chose to make ‘anticipation’ larger so it would stand out against in thesentence, and use a colon after anticipation so it read alike to a definition.  

Six word memoir #1

photo credit: Kellie Spencer 

This photo was taken on Halloween this year. My boyfriend and I were dressed as Frodo from Lord of the Rings and Hermoine from Harry Potter, which is why we are ‘from different stories’. I decide to separate the sentence to help exemplify the theme of ‘star crossed’. The words are also positioned in a way where they look like they could fit together like puzzle pieces. They are also placed in a spot where they don’t necessarily interfere with the image but are still clearly visible.