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Mona Bethke

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The only difference is your shoes match

I have recently begun to question the greatest frailty of the human condition. Mental illness. As powerful as we have become through the natural progression of evolution, we are still weakened by and oftentimes bested by our own minds. We […]

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A journey worth sharing

These past three weeks have been mind-blowing (for lack of some academic word that might seem trite) and I must say that I am a firm believer in people being able to gain strength and understanding from working through hard […]

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A swollen tongue…

I have been writing poetry for a very long time… I have spilled my life onto the blank page in fits of sadness and rage… I have made confessions that stained virgin paper… I have willed ink to be my […]

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Altered State

It’s been quite some time since I have posted on my blog. Much has occurred and many life changes have taken place. I embrace all of them, the good and bad, for they are what make this journey called life […]

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Grounded

There is a bittersweet irony in discovering that I am no longer the poet I thought I was. I have transcended the need for validation from a community. I revel in being an individual. It has been inside of me […]

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Daily Gratitude 1/14/14

Today I am grateful for the little things that often go unnoticed.

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Daily Gratitude 1/13/14

Today I am grateful to have time to revisit the notes I took for school. I was so overloaded while in the moment that I didn’t really have time to process much of it. My list of authors to look […]

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Daily Gratitude 1/12/14

Today I am grateful for rest. I spent the majority of the day running errands, cleaning house and getting caught up on things that had pretty much gone undone while in my MFA Residency. It feels good not having to […]

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Daily Gratitudes 1/6/14 – 1/11/14

In light of the very demanding task of the intense 10 days of my low residency program at UT, I’ve had to dedicate myself to being present without interruptions and have therefore decided to condense my gratitudes for the week […]

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Daily Gratitude 1/5/14

Today I am grateful for making it through a 15 hour day at my MFA program. As exhausted as I am, I cannot even begin to find words for the appreciation I carry in the depths of my being for […]

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