Poor Claudia published poetry, prose and conversations online and in print from 2009 to 2018.

Nancy Chen Long

Continual Process Improvement for the Astute Young-Adult Student, Or Lesson as Lesion

    Continual Process Improvement for the Astute Young-Adult Student, Or Lesson as Lesion

    i. Lessons
      a. A person is a process: “Overview of Constructive Developmental Theory”
      b. Education (the development of a person) is a process: Scouting in Practice
      c. a definition of continual process improvement: the seeking of small
       improvements in processes … with the goal of increasing quality
      d. Quality is in the eye of the beholder: Harvard Business Review

    ii. Hypothesis Based on Lessons
      If quality is a goal
      and goal a destination,

      then to follow the sun
      is to be perfect

      in navigation,
      is to arrive perfectly

      at your destination.

    iii. Testing of Hypothesis / Early Application of Lessons
      if you don’t do better
      someone else will

      see an opportunity
      and they will be right

      where you thought
      the sun would be

      the sun ought to be
      shooting its solar flare

      into the shiniest part
      of your hummingbird heart
      heart quaking

      with its brummagem
      bastion of quick-flitting flicks
      its flurry of flutters

      heart that doesn’t beat
      in its nest
      because beating has buried

      within it a rest
      and rest is a flaw
      an invitation

      to transgress
      a breach in your porcelain

      defense strategy
      kerneled with a fear-seed
      of tremble

      solitary seed in the fallow field
      where you knot-nest

      you fear-weary
      feathered thing you
      full of waiting

      for the sun
      waiting for the sun
      to teach

      you look sunward
      watch-wait in stare
      stare-follow the sun

      to learn how
      exactly how
      one can improve

      the lot of her skin
      how she might better be
      the blanched perfection

      she’s been taught
      she must

      she must be blanched
      in perfection

      she must be perfectly blanched
      she must be whited out

    Nancy Chen Long

    Nancy Chen Long is a 2017 NEA fellow whose first book Light into Bodies won the 2016 Tampa Review Prize for Poetry (University of Tampa Press, 2017). She is also author of the chapbook Clouds as Inkblots for the War Prone (Red Bird Chapbooks, 2013). You’ll find her recent and forthcoming work in Prairie Schooner, Crab Orchard Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, Pleiades, Bat City Review, DIAGRAM, and elsewhere. You can find her online at www.nancychenlong.com.