Mildred Barya's House of Life http://mildredbarya.com World Literature at its finest Sun, 17 Mar 2019 19:32:30 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.10 A Case for More http://mildredbarya.com/a-case-for-more/ http://mildredbarya.com/a-case-for-more/#comments Tue, 26 Feb 2019 16:15:31 +0000 http://mildredbarya.com/?p=2028

Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about the character Oliver Twist, so much so that I’ve revisited the text for fresh insights. When I first read Dicken’s novel many years ago, what stayed in my mind was the suffering part, the misfortunes of all the numerous children and criminals of the... Read more

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A Timeless Lesson from the Poppies http://mildredbarya.com/timeless-lesson-poppies/ http://mildredbarya.com/timeless-lesson-poppies/#respond Mon, 31 Dec 2018 06:45:06 +0000 http://mildredbarya.com/?p=2014

Sylt poppyWe’re near the end of a year, which makes me cast my eyes back as if to make sense of how to sum it up, but I admit, this is not a year in review blog, but rather, a focus on a singular moment that spills multiple points in me.It begins with poppies. Not the opium poppies, by the way.... Read more

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Enter the Silence, a meditation http://mildredbarya.com/enter-silence-meditation/ http://mildredbarya.com/enter-silence-meditation/#comments Sun, 04 Nov 2018 16:08:29 +0000 http://mildredbarya.com/?p=2005

I will sometimes have a theme running through the different phases of my life, and that theme will be connected or inspired by a particular author's work. Wendell Berry, for instance, began my semester and ushered in moments of reflection, gratitude, and a quiet presence. I immersed myself in his... Read more

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Coming Home to Self http://mildredbarya.com/coming-home-self/ http://mildredbarya.com/coming-home-self/#respond Mon, 01 Oct 2018 02:45:45 +0000 http://mildredbarya.com/?p=1997

sharing food with friends in AshevilleHome means different things to people. As a concept and definition, it interests me to no end, and some of my most animated conversations, no doubt, have been about the idea or place of home. I have written extensively about it in both my poetry and creative... Read more

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Shuddering Expansion/Where home is http://mildredbarya.com/shuddering-expansion-home/ http://mildredbarya.com/shuddering-expansion-home/#respond Fri, 27 Jul 2018 10:37:25 +0000 http://mildredbarya.com/?p=1987

When love ends,It becomes a memory. If it abides,It never ends. My unending/abiding inquiry into the complex understanding of home, interwoven with love, is now housed in Asymptote's July issue. It includes an audio version of the hybrid essay, Shuddering Expansion/Where home is, read by... Read more

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On Liberty, Freedom and Independence http://mildredbarya.com/liberty-freedom-independence/ http://mildredbarya.com/liberty-freedom-independence/#respond Wed, 04 Jul 2018 07:55:17 +0000 http://mildredbarya.com/?p=1981

Hornum LighthouseI was an undergraduate at Makerere University, Kampala, when I first heard these words of Patrick Henry, “Give me liberty or give me death,” in a song by Carman, one of the funky gospel singers I loved to listen and dance to. That same tape had Larry Norman’s, “Why should... Read more

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Sylt Postcard: On light, summer solstice and strawberry moon http://mildredbarya.com/sylt-postcard-light-summer-solstice-strawberry-moon/ http://mildredbarya.com/sylt-postcard-light-summer-solstice-strawberry-moon/#respond Thu, 28 Jun 2018 10:55:49 +0000 http://mildredbarya.com/?p=1971

 The longest day elsewhere never really felt like the longest day until my stay in Northern Germany, the island of Sylt where I am a writer-in-residence of the Sylt Foundation.And it’s not just the summer solstice but summer in general. When nights come, usually after 10pm, the presence of... Read more

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Is Creation Ever Done? Coleridge and our own handiwork http://mildredbarya.com/creation-ever-done-coleridge-handiwork/ http://mildredbarya.com/creation-ever-done-coleridge-handiwork/#respond Mon, 30 Apr 2018 21:23:30 +0000 http://mildredbarya.com/?p=1955

Is creation ever finished? says Dorothy in regard to Kubla Khan, Coleridge's Vision in a Dream poem. This question emerges at a most critical hour in the movie, Pandaemonium, when Coleridge is doubting his creative ability and needs validation/assurance to uplift his confidence. Dorothy, sister... Read more

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Glad Tidings–a good start and other events lineup http://mildredbarya.com/glad-tidings-good-start-events-lineup/ http://mildredbarya.com/glad-tidings-good-start-events-lineup/#respond Wed, 31 Jan 2018 21:49:47 +0000 http://mildredbarya.com/?p=1948

At the station. Photo by Lockie HunterOn a Sunday afternoon, I was honored to share some of my work on 103.3 Asheville FM. Here's the recording for you to listen to at your convenience.I've now accepted that lizards and insects are prominent in my poetic hybrids. Imagine my delight when a few... Read more

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Form, Space and Mindfulness http://mildredbarya.com/form-space-mindfulness/ http://mildredbarya.com/form-space-mindfulness/#respond Fri, 19 Jan 2018 12:08:45 +0000 http://mildredbarya.com/?p=1938

I did not realize how spacious my head had become until my one-month stay in Uganda ended and I returned to Asheville for work. I was feeling full and had symptoms of a cold that made my head fuller. One leg of the journey, from Qatar to Philadelphia airport was 13 hours and 46 minutes in air. Add... Read more

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