Ryan: “Tenderness and Rot”

Posted on October 6, 2008. Filed under: over my shoulder, quotation |

Tenderness and Rot

by Kay Ryan

Tenderness and rot
share a border.
And rot is an
aggressive neighbor
whose iridescence
keeps creeping over.

No lessons
can be drawn
from this however.

One is not
two countries.
One is not meat

It is important
to stay sweet
and loving.
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The Incomparable Paco

Posted on August 5, 2008. Filed under: over my shoulder, quotation |

Over my shoulder:

“You have to be overindulgent to think that a metaphor is something direct. An arrow homing in on a target painted in black on the wall. It is not. It is dangerous, double-edged material. It is an ambiguous resource. It is the writer who creates it, but it is the reader who reinterprets it, adapting it to his own very particular aches and pains. You do not even own the ribbon in the printer you use.”

— José Daniel Fierro, “the one and only, mixed-up and perplexed Traveling Irrationality Salesman,”
in Paco Ignacio Taibo II’s Leonardo’s Bicycle (174)

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Over My Shoulder

Posted on July 2, 2007. Filed under: over my shoulder, quotation |

Passing Through the Banford Tolls

Proceeding sidewise by inattention I arrive
unknowingly at an unsought destination
and pass it by wondering: what next?


—Alan Dugan. Poems Seven: New and Complete Poetry (203)

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Story Telling … continues

Posted on June 5, 2007. Filed under: musing, quotation, reading, writing |

… you can tell when you find a piece of [a true story] in something new, because it makes your heart rise up into your mouth, full of wishes.

So says Nisi Shawl, discussing “How to Tell a True Story.”

Stories are on my mind lately: stories, and the importance of being able to tell them. To others. To ourselves.

Having just spent the last week at a conference full of stories and full of participants who are interested in helping stories come forward, I now feel committed to not only allowing for more stories in the musings I ask students to write for my courses — many of which end up on our blogs — but also in other aspects of our work together. And, interestingly, to doing more work to tell my own stories, something I have often felt I ought not to do. Stories are strongly discouraged in The Academy, more often implicitly than explicitly — but nonetheless effectively. Arguably, that is because they are so powerful.

These are, after all, some of the primary reasons for reading, for writing, for communicating: to learn about ourselves and others, to deepen our understandings, and — indeed — to know that learning is afoot because our hearts have risen up into our mouths.

All of this means, I think, that I will continue this blog, originally started for a particular class during a particular semester, and continue to share some of my own thinking, findings, and stories here. (Sporadically, I expect.)

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Over My Shoulder

Posted on April 22, 2007. Filed under: over my shoulder, quotation, reading |

“… reading is the most subversive activity in life. Open any true book and you begin to see the world through somebody else’s eyes. Nothing is more redeeming than that, or more dangerous.”

James Sallis, paraphrasing Paco Ignatio Taibo II
in “Incomparable Paco,” the afterword for the English translation
of Taibo’s An Easy Thing (240)

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