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Voices Fall-Winter 2005:
Click on the cover for the Table of Contents. Read “Thinking Culturally: An Insider’s Perspective” by Miriam L. Wallach here.
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Volume 31

Thinking Culturally: An Insider's Perspective: A Panel from the New York Folklore Society's Writing Folklore Conference

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As part of the NYFS’s recent Writing Folklore Conference, Steve Zeitlin led a writing exercise
based on the beginning prompt “I am.” Here is one participant’s submission.

Eating Alone

I am from fields of manure and wheat,
from cow corn high enough to hide in,
creek beds of violets, daffodils

I am from stone springhouses, from
bottles of milk and cream
shuttered, cool in August noons

I am from smokehouses, from
hooks and hatchets, from
blood and feathers

I am from farms with two houses,
the small one for grandfather and
when deep-veined hands drop from
    tractors, from

cauldrons of corn meal mush
I am from winding staircases and attics,
gauzy curtains in summer’s night

I am from jar after glass jar of tomatoes,
beans, peaches, and applesauce, but
I am also from chow-chow, dried corn,
    horseradish, scrapple

shoo-fly-pie, schmeerkase, sauerkraut,
    souse, and
all those other foods you
won’t eat with me

—Margaret Yocum


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