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Paul Singleton, III

Paul Singleton, III is an art therapist, poet, and the author/illustrator of Sometimes Mama’s Just Like That, When My Hero Left, and free movements. He is in private practice in Durham, North Carolina, where he also teaches courses on origami and mindfulness techniques to middle school students. His latest collection of poems is titled posthaste.


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With the near-constant news of extra-judicial police killings and mass shootings, it would be easy to live in a constant state of fear. Faced with his own fragile mortality, a Buddhist contemplates our collective fear and grief. For him, meditation is not about relaxation but about awakening to life — in its wonder and in its sorrow.
The collective experiences of Black Americans can result in generational trauma that is "stored in the body." With the stories of McKinney, Texas and Charleston, South Carolina as a backdrop, a man calls for us to retrain our brains and break free from our limiting perceptions of one another to heal these divides.