This Is How I Speak , a memoir in diary form, is an intimate portrait of a young woman's first year in graduate school as a student of dance and creative writing at the University of Washington during the late 1980s. The book explores a number of themes, including complex relationships,... read more
“The university brochure says St. Helens's twin, Mount Rainier, is visible from nearly all the buildings on campus. I try to decide whether to add erupting volcanoes to my list of fears. Still, I can understand why a mountain may occasionally need to blow its top. Perhaps it fears complacency as much as I do -- decides to stir up the wildlife and human fauna a bit to remind them not to take its existence for granted. "I am here," the mountain says, feeling a deep stirring somewhere within its fiery belly. "This is how I speak."”
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