Journalism In Verse

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Troubleshooting Trauma Informed Practice

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Find a way to fill those empty bellies with nothing
               but a lanyard and a pair

of slacks. With nothing but a bunch of busted
               phone numbers and no home

address. Smother that
               burnout with a scented candle

and a bubble bath. With a hotline scratched
               on the back of a business card

and a breakroom poster: Six Easy Self-Care Tips
               for Today’s Social Worker. Educator.

Activist. Six Easy Steps toward Mindfulness.
               Six Easy Ways to Manage

Your Breath. Invest in your hobbies. Unplug
               from the Internet. Get more

rest. Center yourself. Redirect negativity.
               Focus on the positive. Relax.

 

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Abigail Carl-Klassen has been published in ZYZZYVA, Cimarron Review, Guernica, Aster(ix) and Post Road. She was nominated for a Pushcart Prize and Best New Poets 2015. She earned an MFA from the University of Texas El Paso’s Bilingual Creative Writing Program and taught at El Paso Community College and the University of Texas El Paso.

Photo by Ricardo Aguilera.

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