And here I sit, wearing my GCC t-shirt, drinking coffee from my GCC mug, thinking, Reading Swag is the best swag of all.
Many thanks to everyone at GCCs Batavia and Medina for turning Monday into such a good thing. Special thanks to my old friend Tracy Ford for causing the ball to begin rolling months ago, and for prodding it onward so consistently and well. And lastly, congratulations to the students: your questions were superb, and I thank you for them.
In his book The Other Lover, my friend Bruce Smith has a great poem called "Afterbody" where we get, among other things, this:
"...From the most meager
scraps of voice on the telephone--
a half tone or quarter tone--
he pieces the body together: widow's peak, collarbones,
pelvic tilt, lobes and clefts, the body cloned
from some pressures and inflections,
a stammered word, interference, aspiration."
And I say thee yea, Bruce Smith! Yeah, yea. By our diction shall we be known, shall make ourselves known, shall manifest our very lives aloud, and those of our characters, and thank you for saying so so clearly.
April 22, 2009, 8:57 a.m.Category: Poetry