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Darnell Arnoult

Darnell Arnoult is the prize-winning author of What Travels With Us: Poems (LSU Press) and the novel Sufficient Grace (Free Press). Her shorter works have appeared in a variety of journals. Arnoult holds an MFA from University of Memphis and MA from NC State, and is a regular faculty member of the Duke Writers Workshop, Tennessee Young Writers Workshop, John C. Campbell Folk School, and Learning Events.

Arnoult is a recipient of the Weatherford Award for Appalachian Literature, SIBA Poetry Book of the Year, Mary Frances Hobson Medal for Arts and Letters, and in 2007 was named Tennessee Writer of the Year by the Tennessee Writers Alliance. (http://www.pw.org/content/darnell_arnoult)

I loved this poem because I have these kinds of crazy thoughts all the time! 😀

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Psychology Today

Have you ever had
delusions of grandeur?
I read all about it
in a magazine
on the coffee table
at Dr. Broadwell’s office.

Have you ever thought
you were meant for
something special?
But you were afraid.
Afraid if you tried
you’d fail?
would think you
a fool?

You might risk
only for
delusions of grandeur?

I have.

Thought that, I mean.


(Picture Credits: Darnell Arnoult — www.pw.org / cartoon — shirt.woot.com)