Although what the author wrote is sincere and deep, I want to shine a light on how the author approached this topic. First of all, with the title of the writing, it has the ability to draw in any reader just by the sheer absurdity of it. Who thinks of naming any piece of writing “My Grandmother Washes Her Feet in the Sink of the Bathroom at Sears”? After reading this title, the reader may go into this very curious wondering what in the world the author is talking about. The author then begins to allude to a more serious, sincere topic, not the goofy topic we were thinking about. I am just amazed how the author was able to accomplish what they did.

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In this philosophical poem by Vera Pavlova, she strives to make the reader think about how we should perceive reality. She gives a unique perspective to observe how this universe works by stating lines such as “to talk with the clock by tapping a wall…”(line 7). This line gives us readers an insight into how Pavlova thinks. She believes that we can become one with the things we observe. She also has the idea that the universe is massive and that we are all just basically alone in our own world. This disrupts how I thought of the world. I had never thought of these things and now all I can do after reading this poem is agree with Pavlova.

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I found this piece very helpful and insightful. This disrupts my ideas of how I should view things. Many times in my life, I had the thought in my mind “pick me!”, hoping that I would be chosen for a certain activity. Many times I wouldn't be chosen and would be saddened. This article shows me a nice outlook on how I should be viewing things. Rather than hoping to be picked by another person, I should take matters into my own hands and try to impress myself and “pick me”.

Pick me!!! by Michael Kalognomos

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One of the six paintings under this title
“WITH MY BACK TO THE WORLD” (1997)

“…Martin is not trying to paint a tree. She is painting the innocence of a tree. She’s not trying to paint a rose, but the beauty of a rose”(The Anthropocene Reviewed). I find this to be one of the most interesting concepts talked about in this podcast. How does one paint the essence of an abstract idea? Beauty, innocence, etc. are all just social constructs that we humans created. It boggles my mind how someone would be able to depict them. I would love to try to understand this concept and perceive the ideas that Agnes Martin was.

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