Carolyn McSherry

Carolyn McSherry holds the Juan and Virginia Chacon Fellowship and has spent part of the year processing the papers of writer-photographer Nancy Wood. She is a Ph.D. student in the American Studies program.

Her research is about the challenges posed to 1930s-era agricultural improvement projects in Puerto Rico and on Navajo lands by people who lived in and knew those landscapes, and by others. She is interested in the relationships between agricultural sciences and colonialism.

In this talk, titled "Wrenching Poetry from the Nancy C. Wood Manuscript Collection" she explores the manuscripts in the Nancy C. Wood manuscript collection and talks about Wood as a writer. At the beginning of the talk she discusses this poem by Nancy C. Wood.

Hold on to what is good,
even when it is
a handful of earth.

Hold on to what you believe
even when it is
a tree which stands by itself.

Hold on to what you must do
even if it is
a long way from here.

Hold on to life even when
it is easier letting go.

Hold on to my hand
even when I have gone away from you.

Listen to McSherry's talk.

Runs: 15:47

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