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Naps and Myongdong

Sleet smacking
against the window
in Princeton
precipitates my nap,
a glorious mid-afternoon slumber.

What dreams did come, of the theater in
Myongdong we went twice a year,
all the people, the cold, the arms intertwined
like the cover of that Dylan album,
chewing on those little walnut donut things, steaming,
they sold in popcorn bags on the street.

The wispy sound of a distant music, faint enough not to recognize.
That feeling that I could wonder these streets until morning broke.

you tug my shoulder and say
“you won’t sleep tonight”.

I honestly admit,
I hadn’t thought that far ahead.

I only know the present through the past,
these naps.

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About Author

My name is Michael Sean Gallagher. I am a Lecturer in Digital Education at the Centre for Research in Digital Education at the University of Edinburgh. I am Co-Founder and Director of Panoply Digital, a consultancy dedicated to ICT and mobile for development (M4D); we have worked with USAID, GSMA, UN Habitat, Cambridge University and more on education and development projects. I was a researcher on the Near Futures Teaching project, a project that explores how teaching at The University of Edinburgh unfold over the coming decades, as technology, social trends, patterns of mobility, new methods and new media continue to shift what it means to be at university. Previously, I was the Research Associate on the NERC, ESRC, and AHRC Global Challenges Research Fund sponsored GCRF Research for Emergency Aftershock Forecasting (REAR) project. I was an Assistant Professor at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (한국외국어대학교) in Seoul, Korea. I have also completed a doctorate at University College London (formerly the independent Institute of Education, University of London) on mobile learning in the humanities in Korea.

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