The following are two poems that were inspired by my research paper (which can be found under the research tab), my study trip to Berlin, and the Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery, AL which I visited this past December.
I was particularly inspired by a line from my own research paper (admittedly, this is a bit self-satisfying). The sentence is as follows: “Erasure of signs of trauma and violence soothes consciences and allows people to ignore the past in the spaces they inhabit in the present.” When reviewing my paper for errors, I began to think about the implications of this statement beyond my topic of Berlin. Examples of guilt and erasure are everywhere, including in Davidson. This course has helped me become more cognizant of this reality.
What’s Done Is Done And Other Lies We Tell Ourselves To Soothe Our Souls