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Snake Swing

Snake Swing I’m trying to get a little shuteye under this treebut the snake insists on talking,hanging from her tail & forking her tongue at me. Its time to shed that shit, she says.You’re stuck& the reason is very simple – you don’t have the stuffto just step out of that fakeskinand slither away. Remember…

Breathing

It’s Thanksgiving today in the U.S. I am giving thanks for breath. For much of my life I have had trouble breathing. Colds turn into pneumonia or bronchitis; I have chronic asthma. And when I have trouble breathing, I panic. I struggle to breathe and the more I struggle the harder it is, and the…

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“Body Speaking” workshop

BODY SPEAKINGa writing workshop with Ruth ThompsonFebruary 21, 2015 Our histories are held in our bodies. Old patterns, wounds, self-limitations, ideas of what we can and cannot do – all are remembered by our bodies. In this workshop we practice listening to the stories our bodies have to tell and the “meaning” of our somatic…

Interview in TCJWW

I was so impressed by Claire Farley’s interview with me, and have talked so much about it, and referred to it so often, that I finally just asked permission to reprint it here. Thanks to TCJWW Editor Jennifer Carter, here it is: Interview: Ruth ThompsonJune 19, 2014 · by Claire Farley Ruth Thompson grew up…

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The White Queen

The White Queen Comes the White Queen worryingand hurrying to keep up and losingher hairpins. Mind pieces slipout of their sockets. Because it is all held togetherwith hairpins —the old kind, meant to be invisible? And they were invisible.I didn’t know they were there holding my mind togetheruntil I startedto lose it. Someone whose name…