Standing Alone in a Room at a Desk


If you’re tired of sitting alone in a room at a desk, try standing alone in a room at a slightly higher desk. There are health benefits. And Hemingway did it. Which makes it seem much less silly.

Here is your novel, spread out like a map or a campaign speech. Here are your poems, arranged like blueprints. Pace, stamp your feet, fold your arms, but stay upright. Stand there like it’s the prow of a ship.

Casey Dayan is a Rumpus intern and musician. He is finishing up his undergraduate studies in literature and anthropology at the University of California, Santa Cruz where he is working on a memoir and trying to one-up Jeff Buckley. Find his twitter here, @caseydayan. Find his band, “Moo,” here. More from this author →