RESPONSE ESSAY: MAJOR JACKSON READING
I was painfully present at Major Jackson’s reading on Tuesday. Here’s a short list of the things I paid attention to:
I paid attention to a girl jump-roping outside. It was hypnotizing. The image of her through the stained glass windows fused with Jackson’s words made me acutely aware of my own “hereness.” My tunnel vision was in full effect— I couldn’t see anything but her movement. I couldn’t hear anything but his balladry. The millennial in me wanted to capture the moment but my overpowering selfish nature wanted to keep the reverie for myself. I’m pleased with my decision.