The World of the Page

20 Jun

Last week in the high-school workshop at The Khabele School, Ms. Adeena asked her students to explore the differences between what’s real and what isn’t. In this assignment, Ms. Adeena encouraged students to describe a real place while making it sound otherworldly. In doing so, the world contained within the page would seem mysterious and far away, but still knowable. This balance between new/strange and familiar is what all writers attempt to create in their fiction and poetry.

Malena Morling’s poem, “If There is Another World,” takes this idea and twists it into a unique reflection of what “another world” means. She discovers a place where, as she describes it, “‘the other’ world was not a separate far off place but that it was right here on the earth…”

Through this exploration, Badgerdog writer Spencer Cobb created her own fantastical reality modeled after Malena Morling’s poem. By using rich imagery mixed with humorous descriptions, her “other” world became a perceptible reality.

Victoria Prince
Badgerdog Summer Intern


Watch the Rainbows Pass

If there is another world
You can certainly drive there,
Though the drive will last seven days.
It will take eight and a half hours,
Just to reach North Texas.
You can pass a dinosaur museum in Utah
And old Native American ruins in Mesa Verde.
Oh, your car will certainly get cramped,
And you will need to survive on greasy McGriddles,
Even though you cannot stand McAnything.
Some days, a scorching desert will surround you,
Bright as bright can be with the blistering heat,
No matter how much the A/C blasts.
Some days, you will weave through misty mountains,
Passing massive, abandoned mines and trees greener than life.
Your tiny nose will smudge the windows
As you watch the rainbows pass.
You will sleep on air mattresses with your family of four
In a cherry-red tent fit to hold twelve,
Shivering in 20-degree weather
Even though it’s early July.
At night, the glacier rumbles and bears sniff around,
But you’re thrilled because there are no mosquitos.
Instead of the Disney-like national park,
You love its rustic neighbor’s world.
A world of wandering baby moose and adventurous chipmunks,
And burly men with huge tattoos who, in one day,
Hike to the top of the massive Grand Teton Mountains.
Inspiration Point is only a third of the mountains’ height,
But, on top, you can’t help but feel like the king of the universe.

Spencer Cobb
11th Grade, Badgerdog Creative Writing Summer Camp at the Khabele School 


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