Ryan Clark, a native Texan, has dedicated years of his life to homophonic translation and is particularly interested in the reparative potential of appropriative writing, including how poetry responds to violence and subjugation, symbolic and otherwise. He has served as Senior Editorial Assistant for SRPR (Spoon River Poetry Review) and is a regular contributor to the SRPR blog. His poetry has most recently appeared in Smoking Glue Gun, Tenderloin, Found Poetry Review, Similar:Peaks, and Aufgabe. He has also published an essays on creative writing pedagogy in Something on Paper. He currently teaches composition at Savannah State University.
I need help i have thoughts of suicide and they won’t go away
Plainview Class Prophesy, 1931
“I need help i have thoughts of suicide and they won’t go away”
Source text was a thread of posts on the steadyhealth.com message board. The title of the post is reflected in the title of the poem, and the username of the initial poster is Forever11609Always.
“Plainview Class Prophesy, 1931”
Source text was a hand-written essay titled “Plainview Class Prophesy, 1931.” The document was lacking the name of an author, but the essay was part of a scrapbook compiling memories of students at the now long-since-closed Plainview Consolidated School in Greer County, Oklahoma. The scrapbook is located in an exhibit at the Old Greer County Museum in Mangum, Oklahoma.