College is supposed to broaden one’s horizons, not limit them; it is supposed to challenge people. The question on my mind, as the notion of trigger warnings begins to encompass the widely accepted literary canon, is where does it stop?
September 24, 2014 marked the kickoff of fall’s Hugh C. Hyde Living Writers Series with preeminent Chinese American poet Marilyn Chin.
Literature provides us with a way to explore ideas and try out points of view that we might not want to enact in real life. We can explore crises of identity that allow us to understand ourselves better.
Resolving to keep her eventual blindness a secret from everyone but her family, Nicole endeavors to employ the age-old adage of carpe diem. However, after a near-death experience, attempting to step out a window onto a fire escape that isn’t actually there, she realized she was no longer in charge of her life, the disease was.
And it’s true
I spent my whole life in fear of sharing my mind
but with a longing for it to be taken.