My Colby-Sawyer Experience

“My classes stress the interconnectedness of knowledge. A recent Fulbright fellowship provided the opportunity to work with undergraduate and graduate students at Kyoto Seika University in Japan. My teaching at Colby-Sawyer College is enhanced thanks to this experience.”
Fine and Performing Arts Professor Jon Keenan


Shaving the Family Face

They agreed: I came with Grandma Laura's nose. Years cartooned my grandfather's jaw on me. I am my family's history in my face.

There's my brother in my right eye lid, John, in his home waiting for nurses to raise him from sleep to hobbled, overweight day.

Above the right ear lobe, bitter Uncle Bill, broken by the Pacific's World War Two, hears me say I am my family's history in my face.

My face has one bad eye, warts, and absences my children left, or took away, in faces full of their children's names.

In the shaving mirror, I've seen an ape, a girl starving in Ireland in 1848, and known I am my family's history in my face.

Mom and dad peek at me from puckered lips. Aunt Mattie and a starfish quit my cheek. How can I not love this ugly world each dawn? I am my family's history in my face.

-Mike MacMahon

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