I always do the PAD Challenge, but I don’t always finish. It’s hard to predict what will make me stop. I completed the challenge the year that should have been the hardest, the April my mom had a heart attack and I spent much of that month at her side. I don’t know how I did it, but at the time, the poems formed a lifeline that got me through. This time though, I have so much grading to do and must in all fairness keep up with it so that the students who need to withdraw or switch to P/NP can have the time they need to decide. I guess I will just be happy for what poems showed up and do what I can on Instagram when I am able.
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Author of the poetry collection The Tethered Ground and Professor of English at Missouri State University. Contact me for readings or for workshops on writing/publishing and on teaching writing online. View all posts by llcadle