the utter

Yrsa Daley-Ward
a shapeshifting journal by Yrsa Daley-Ward
Created 09 Apr 2021
  • when was the last time you...
    22 Oct 2021 • < 1 min read • 34 6
    1) sung from the base of the belly 2) let the sound of your voice soothe you 3) rubbed the engine of your chest 4) held your ribcage softly and thanked it 5) let one hand calm the other 6) covered you...
  • how to be exactly where you are
    19 Oct 2021 • 3 min read • 40 10
    Dear You, Nine months ago, I moved into a larger apartment with more sunlight. When I peered out of the window, the street was new, bare, unknown to me. There was snow on the ground and nothing recogn...
  • an introduction
    15 Oct 2021 • 6 min read • 11 9
    We are afraid of small things. Large things. Dead things. Things that are living and persistent. Things that we must do but keep putting off. Legal and numerical things. Filthy, delicious things, so d...
  • one day even this will be history
    12 Oct 2021 • 1 min read • 35 8
    Dear You, Sometimes I have to take myself in my own warm arms. I have to hold hands with my life and say, look, even the hollow, restless days are essential. You are constantly building a fort or a ca...
  • how we got here
    08 Oct 2021 • 2 min read • 44 4
    I, for one, am tired of forcing things. My mother and grandmother and grandfather (and father, faraway) all fought for things, and sweated for things, and pushed for things and had to starve for thing...
  • you might be fine but you are not healed
    05 Oct 2021 • 2 min read • 49 16
    Sometimes, you are doing well. You think you’re fine. You think you’re all clear, but no. The day goes and surprises you. That’s right. The day comes over and taps you on the head. It shows you someth...
    01 Oct 2021 • 5 min read • 13 2
    Welcome to this edition of ASK THE UTTER!!! in which I answer a few of your questions. If you have questions for me, this is where you ask them. *NOTE. I’m not licensed; these answers are born of humb...
  • do you have a question for the utter?
    30 Sep 2021 • < 1 min read
    ask the utter anything here
  • I know what works
    28 Sep 2021 • 1 min read • 61 7
    I know what works for me. I swear I do. Many of us know what works for us. I know that deep breathing works. I know that Old Summer Young Autumn works. I know that the dimmer, longer mornings work, wh...
  • one Friday at a time
    24 Sep 2021 • 1 min read • 38 8
    It has been raining in Brooklyn. I am taking an early morning walk. I love when it has been raining in Brooklyn in the early morning because everything has been washed over. Everything shines. Everyth...
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