Monthly Archives: February 2013

Gentrification, Cambodian Style

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Gentrification — I’ve seen it everywhere I’ve lived from New York to Cambodia, and everywhere in between. We all have. And I’ve struggled to know what to feel about it. Of course, in some ways, it is a signal of …

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Giant Puppets!

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Saturday night in Siem Reap…actually, any night in Siem Reap near the Old Market, is a big night. But this past Saturday night was something special. Over the past few years, an annual Giant Puppet Parade has been staged which …

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Arrivals

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And so it begins.  Arriving for my first day of the workshops is always the same and different. There is always an excitement, knowing that something new will happen — new kids to meet, old ones to see, wondering what …

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Western Baray: Before Classes Begin

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The Sunday before my workshops started, I went with an Australian volunteer/friend and two of my Khmer students to watch the sunset at the Western Baray. This is a reservoir made during the time of the Angkor kings (so they …

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Waking in Cambodia

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This is what I remembered: Breakfast of jackfruit, watermelon, pineapple and mango (very Khmer) beside a plate of fried egg and toast, with coffee (not very Khmer). The street view from my breakfast table. The immediate sense of heat.The aromas …

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No Such Thing as a Coincidence

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I wasn’t going to blog today. I spent the morning packing for 6 weeks away — I have an entire suitcase just for medicine! Then I went for a Valentine’s Day lunch with my wonderful husband. It is a bit …

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Temple of a Thousand Faces by John Shors

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I’m in overdrive at the moment, getting ready for my annual trip to Cambodia and the kids of Anjali House. As chance would have it, I’ve been offered the perfect way to get myself into the Cambodian feel, namely to …

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How to Write a Poetry Play

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It’s been a very busy week. But a highlight was definitely my trip to the Folkestone campus of Canterbury Christ Church University, to discuss my poetry play, Dreams of May, with one of the classes there. The poet and Victorian …

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Home Truths About Poetry

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I’m stumbling out of (or is it through?)  my jet-lagged haze to write down some random thoughts about writing poetry. The impetus for this is the recent blog written on the subject by the wonderfully talented, Vanessa Gebbie. You can …

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