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Alarms: Sexual Violence and Spiritual Freedom in the University - Part 1

Alarms: Sexual Violence and Spiritual Freedom in the University – Part 1

“Student Raped by U.C. Santa Cruz Professor,” I read in the Santa Cruz Sentinel.  

I pulled back from my computer screen. Moments before, my college friend Luke called to supply a long stream of curse words and a recommendation: read the Santa Cruz newspaper, which I hadn’t in years. Though the headline didn’t include that name, it didn’t have to: Hector Perla. I knew him from lecture and sat close to him in the front rows.

Sirens and the Meadow

Sirens and the Meadow

The meadow burns; the sirens blare
Does it matter what we fed the fire
When ashes lay in shame

And if you had listened closely
The silence of my pulse
Never asked for you
Never asked for me