How to Read a Poem. . .and Start a Poetry Circle by Molly Peacock ff. This is a book of stunning generosity, which conveys the interplay of life, teaching, and poetry; it gives the readers the go-ahead to seek personal meaning in poetry and to trust the connections and insights they can tease out themselves. Having gone to graduate school when a poem was viewed as a hermetically sealed aesthetic object, I find Molly’s lyrical exegeses, her willingness to cross from the poem to her own life, to be liberating. The poems she chooses are her personal talismans, as she calls them, works that speak to her. She models the search for a richer, more examined life through poetry. I’m hoping that many of her readers follow her suggestions for forming a poetry circle.
Sep 2, 2019
Dance! Images of the Bates Dance Festival by Arthur Fink ’64. The cover photo with the dancer’s skirt puffed out like a pumpkin gives an idea of what catches Arthur Fink’s eye when he photographs dancers. He captures body parts when the dancer is either in motion, full of energy, or still, at times taut and ready for action or, at other times, plainly exhausted. Motion shots are sometimes crisp; the dancer is caught midair. Or they are blurred whirls as he leaves his lens open to capture the movement. His images portray the beauty of dance, not as a performance for an audience, but behind the scenes. Clearly he has developed a relationship of trust with the dancers as they seem comfortable with the wandering eye of his camera not invading, but rather being part of, their creative space.