Category Archives: Adjunct Ardor
A New Adjunct

I’m staring at my soup. It’s tomato with basil, and just a tad burnt. I slurp it down and cut the heat with soft Saltines, which I’ve let sink into the mix. A textbook balances on my knee. A stack of blue books filled with diagnostic essays has been strewn across the bed. I lean back. I breathe. The breath is sharp and full of worry. Staring back at me from the textbook is a chapter I haven’t read and a set of questions I haven’t prepared to grade. I close the book, lay it down, then return to my…