Lines of Thinking

Three Poems on Silence

Three Poems on Silence

I’ve been reflecting on the idea of silence since listening to the inspiring talks given by Tamika D. Mallory at the Coretta Scott King Legacy Luncheon and Birthday Celebration at Antioch two weeks ago.A co-chair of the Women’s March and a Brooklyn-based...

Billy Collins

Billy Collins

A lot of things in life take courage. Sometimes reading poetry is one of them.I once read a poem to conclude a presentation on international education and its power to get us past cultural barriers by underscoring our shared humanity. There were hundreds...

Mary Oliver

Mary Oliver

 I read recently that IKEA’s founder attributed the ubiquitous furniture company’s success to his breakthrough innovation of “wordless directions:” diagrammatic drawings with some numbers or letters, but no written explanations. This made the language of...

For Abel Coelho ’04

“Lines of Thinking” is a monthly feature from College President Tom Manley. January, 2018 "O chestnut tree, great rooted blossomer,  Are you the leaf, the blossom or the bole?  O body swayed to music, O brightening glance, ...

Storyteller

“Lines of Thinking" is a monthly feature from College President Tom Manley. December, 2017 Not long ago my father-in-law passed. He had been ill for years, turned inward and physically ravaged by Alzheimer’s.  His death was a release and...

Art as a Tool for Peace and Justice

 Action is the pointer which shows the balance. We must not touch the pointer but the weight.- Simone WeilThe recent Restorative Justice Symposium organized through Antioch College, the Community Empowerment Organization and the Village of Yellow Springs,...

Creative Disruptions

Creative Disruptions

 The sculptor/painter (and my fellow Baltimorean) Anne Truitt didn't start making art until she was nearly 30. That was in 1949 when she left her work as a psychiatric nurse to attend art school. Whenever I encounter her signature monochromatic paintings...

Weathering the Storm

 Storms of catastrophic scale are upon us, and I don’t just mean the latest hurricanes. Perhaps we are tracking these storms as they build and approach on digital maps, turning counter clockwise as they gain mass and power to undo what may have seemed,...

Derek Walcott

“Lines of Thinking" is a monthly feature from College President Tom Manley.  August, 2017 The death of poet-playwright Derek Walcott in March brought me up short. He was 87 and a Nobel Prize laureate who continued to produce luminous work...

Portland

 Portland, Oregon—my adopted hometown and the birthplace of two of our daughters—was already on my mind because of the murderous attack on the MAX Line a few days before.  The train and the stop were very familiar. We had used both, as had our friends and...