Photo blog 83

“Oh, how my momma needs a comma.*” Punctuation art at the Jeld-Wen Field stop on the Portland MAX line, Portland, OR, 28 May 2012.

My wife and I went out to the Rose Gardens in Portland for Memorial Day. On our way home, we transferred from the bus to the MAX light rail, and I spotted these punctuation marks in the stone. My wife kept wondering where the semi-colon was, but then she realized it was in the form of a bench, and suddenly we were seeing the punctuation marks everywhere! The whole stop was set up with these.

I don’t know.

They even had parentheses bracketing a manhole.

Because “manhole” is the kind of thing you say under your breath.

I was having lots of fun just snapping photos, but when I spotted the hyphen, I had a brilliant idea:

Snoek – hyphen – Brown!

Just in case anyone is unsure how to spell my last name**.  🙂


* The title I chose for this series comes from a line in a poem my wife wrote in college.

** Just to clarify: Yes, my last name is Snoek-Brown. My family name is Snoek, and my wife’s family name is Brown. We both hyphenated our last name. She’s a Snoek-Brown, and so am I.

Published by Samuel Snoek-Brown

I write fiction and teach college writing and literature. I'm the author of the story collection There Is No Other Way to Worship Them, the novel Hagridden, and the flash fiction chapbooks Box Cutters and Where There Is Ruin.

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