Photo Story: If I Could Buy Thoughts

A pile of quarters, nickels, and dimes, with one shiny penny on top.I would give a penny to the student who sits in the back and looks down whenever they sense a question coming, not quite believing my syllabus-certified assertion that I do not call out names and force them into class participation. I would collect change and walk around with a piggybank, pulling out pennies for servers and cleaners and old men in corners and women with polite smiles and fiery eyes. I would toss coins to the stiff upper lips and the sit alones. I would pour pennies into my bathroom sink, stare into my reflection, and beg myself to speak.

Amy Marques strives (with varying degrees of success) to say more using less words. Please read her work on her website.

Photographer: Barbara Friedman

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