Are we doing the right thing?*

A poem and painting inspired by a question posed by Robert Walser, by Yxta Maya Murray.

By Yxta Maya MurrayAugust 3, 2021

    Are we doing the right thing?*

    Robert Walser understood.

    He wanted to be microscopic like

    handwriting. Berlin was a fiasco but

    before they captured him he walked

    into breezes, loving the forest, his

    sturdy boots oiled and scuffed with mud. 

    * The question that Robert Walser asked his sister Lisa in 1929, before his commitment to the Waldau asylum.

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    Yxta Maya Murray is a writer and law professor who teaches at Loyola Law School.


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