MIT Faculty Newsletter  
Vol. XX No. 3
January / February 2008
Finding Polaris and Changing Course: A Closer Look at the December Faculty Meeting
The Power of Technology for Transparency
Deliberations Without Resolutions: Is it Time for a New Format for Faculty Meetings?
Teaching this spring? You should know . . .
How Do We Know if Students are Learning?
Not Just Another Survey . . . !
Online Subject Evaluation: One Step Toward More Effective Teaching
MIT Should Establish a Standing Committee on Investment Responsibility
Top Ten City of Cambridge Tax Payers
Reading the Newspaper By the Open Window
Introduction to the Campaign for Students
MIT Historical Society is Proposed
MIT's New Adoption Assistance Program
The Institute's Future
Teaching this spring? You should know . . .
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MIT Poetry

Reading the Newspaper By the Open Window

Nadia Herman Colburn

The world that is alone in its beauty

with no consolation—

the black walnut tree
the double-oleander

the goats, always-hungry––

Who hasn’t been seduced?

Who is the wonderful me of happiness?

Of forgetfulness,
of horror,
that must be a part?

As if “all”
were a word in another language.

That no one speaks.

Nadia Herman Colburn, a Lecturer in Literature this year, has published poetry in many magazines, including The American Poetry Review, The Yale Review, The Kenyon Review, and The New Orleans Review, where the above poem appeared in 2007. She is currently finishing a memoir about pregnancy and early motherhood.

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