"We touch each other so many / ways, in curiosity, in anger, / to command attention, to soothe, / to quiet, to rouse, to cure," writes Piercy.
Tonight as I drove to my office to grade creative writing portfolios, PR media kits and freshmen comp research papers, I passed Project Turnabout Halfway House. A huddle of twenty-something young men barreled out a side door, probably thirsty for fresh spring air after being pent up in an intense session facing the demons of addiction. I noticed one guy with a shaved head grin and then body-slam into another guy's back. Touch. Connection. The macho-male southwest Minnesota version. The tao of touch in treatment. What we crave, as Piercy writes. What heals.