As in: “The brain practically floats inside the cavity of the skull and can move and oscillate freely, often impacting the inner surfaces of the skull bones during all forms of biomechanical loading” (Omalu, 2008, p.18).
Omalu, B. (2008). Play hard, die young: Football, dementia, depression and death. Lodi, CA: Neo-Forenxis Books.
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“The dictionary tells us that the yawn is an involuntary response to fatigue and boredom. If this is true, then nature spares no expense to shake our doldrums and make sure there is never a dull moment” (Vienne, 1998, p.44).
Vienne, V. (1998). The Art of doing nothing: Simple ways to make time for yourself. New York, NY: Clarkson Potter Publishers.
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As in: “No one he knew and respected—Richard, Ali, Asian Henry Young—did them: not drugs, not sugar, not caffeine, not salt, not meat, not gluten, not nicotine. They were artists-as-ascetics” (Yanagihara, 2015, p.274).
Yanagihara, H. (2015). A little life. New York, NY: Doubleday.
For definitions of ascetic, consult the Oxford English Dictionary.
As in: “Lyric poetry rests on a fulcrum of said and unsaid, and lives by clarities and complexities alloyed in mysteriously counterbalancing proportion” (Hirshfield, 2017, p.108).
Hirschfield, J. (2017). Ten windows: How great poems transform the world. New York, NY: Alfred A. Knopf.
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As in: “The aim of these experiments with aleatoric, nonintentional writing was not dismissing the author as such but surpassing the limits of creativity, overcoming personal perspectives by the intention and meaning of chance, nature, or in baroque the divine” (Simanowski, 2011, p.54).
Simanowski, R. (2011). Digital art and meaning: Reading kinetic poetry, text machines, mapping art, and interactive installations. Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press.
For definitions of aleatoric, consult the Oxford English Dictionary.
“So many words for son:/ He-Dreams-for-All-Our-Sakes./ His-Play-Vouchsafes-Our-Winter-Share./ His-Dispersal-Wins-the-Birds” (Lee, 2003, p.220).
Collins, B. (Ed.). (2003). Poetry 180: A turning back to poetry. New York, NY: Random House.
For definitions of vouchsafe, consult the Oxford English Dictionary.
As in: “And it doesn’t matter when the statement is made, never makes its/ cruel spin as it hunts down its dreaded fate. It must be quite attract-/ tive in the epistemological world, a being with dark, luminous eyes,/ the physique of a cat” (Harjo, 2002, p.143).
Harjo, J. (2002). How we became human: New and selected poems: 1975-2001. New York, NY: W. W. Norton & Company.
For definitions of epistemological, consult the Oxford English Dictionary.
As in: “American social movements often divide over the question of whether to pursue a slow, laborious, incremental approach that involves seemingly endless inconsequential local victories and unsavory compromises, or whether to stick to principle and hope for that serendipitous yet rare political opportunity in which bold, national action is possible” (Goss, 2009, p.147).
Goss, K. A. (2009). Disarmed: The missing movement for gun control in America. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.
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“Ever since Carol Diahann Johnson changed her name to Diahann Carroll and left the home of her middle-class parents in the mid-1950’s, she had been known as a ‘chic chanteuse’ and as a star very much in the mold that Lena Horne established in the 1940’s” (Feldstein, 2013, p.116).
Feldstein, R. (2013). How it feels to be free: Black women entertainers and the Civil Rights Movement. Oxford, England: Oxford University Press.
For definitions of chanteuse, consult the Oxford English Dictionary.