Author: Tafisha A. Edwards

Tafisha A. Edwards Introduction (Southern Illinois University Carbondale ’18)

 Is That All There Is? Image: Veeresh Dandur For reasons that still mystify me, I know at least half the words to Peggy Lee’s 1969 anthem for the disillusioned. What a melodic string of disappointments. The Peggy that sings the song survived inferno, circus, falling in love—and was consistently underwhelmed by each experience. Really, for all the fuss about property damage, plumed elephants, and flood hormones she is confronted by this: her imagination is much more interesting than life. I don’t know what I thought would happen once I moved to Carbondale. Well, I do know; I expected to become a granola baking, marathon running, make-your-own-soap kind of person. I would grow herbs on my windowsill. I’d have a completed book! As soon as I unpacked it would all pour forth. Needless to say that isn’t what happened. I’m still anxiety ridden. I still have no energy to make granola, or a desire to really eat it. I only have a snake plant in my apartment because they are notoriously hard to kill (among its …