An Introduction to Mia’s Primer by Kiran

| May 7, 2014

An Introduction to Mia’s Primer by Kiran

I met Mia, a poet and a teacher, last September in another class.  While I already knew who she was, I enjoyed getting to know her more thoroughly through her posts.  She began the semester asking a variety of questions about what makes someone an artist.  Her first post led me to think more deeply about the implications sharing art versus keeping art private.  Another post on the subject of fear was especially moving.  Mia writes, “It is true that your life shrinks or expands in proportion to your courage.”  I struggle often with many fears (rational and irrational), and this wisdom helped me put them into perspective.  I’m scheduled for a Fearectomy!

Mia grew up in Brooklyn and is inspired by Walt Whitman.  In one post, she contemplates the many ways that Brooklyn has changed since her childhood—comparing the borough to an old friend who let fame go to her head.  In another post she shares a haunting poem she wrote after 9/11 during her MFA program at NYU.  Clearly, she is extremely talented and a deep thinker.  While Mia wrote several sad posts, many of Mia’s posts made me chuckle.  In one post, she muses over the invention of the Xerox machine, proudly proclaiming, “Viva la Xerox (in small doses of course and respectful of copyright!)”  As a teacher, she writes about the “show don’t tell” mantra we often hear as students at TC.  Additionally, Mia posted many interesting articles—I learned about overcoming writer’s block and about Whitman’s past.  One of my favorite posts was in reference to Mia’s morning practice.  I, too, have been struggling to develop a healthy morning routine.  The tinybuddha links she directed me to were incredibly informative.

Overall, it was a pleasure reading Mia’s work this semester!