Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Saturday, September 17, 2011















A Beautiful Saturday in the Music City

Left here this morning at 8 or so and arrive at Vandy's
campus around 9:35. It was Family Day today, so the campus
was packed, but I still got to the lecture early.

I decided to sit in the front row today. Why not? Billy had on
some interesting tennis shoes. I'd like a pair like them. I started
composing a poem about his shoes while I waited for him to
start. We reviewed briefly some of the things we discussed
last week--the poem having a will of its own, turns in poetry,
the significance of the line.

He spent most of the time discussing ways the poem turns. He
lists these ways:

1. a logical or rhetorical turn (he chose To His Coy Mistress to
illustrate)

2. temporal or spatial turn (Tintern Abbey as example)

3. turn to the personal (The Fury of Aerial Bombardment, The Long
Meadow, and one of his, The Death of the Hat)

4. reflexive turn (Canada, by B.C.)

5. a turn to the present

We also discussed tenor and vehicle--2 terms I have never heard about.
We started that discussion last week. More about that later.

After the lecture, Lauren and I went to Sitar for lunch and then to the
Farmer's Market. Oh my, what a spread! Pictures coming of that and
of the Greek Orthodox Church where we attended the Greekfest
last weekend.

Tonight, party at Marisa's, but this gal is getting tired. Drove to Nashville
and back today, which isn't too terribly much driving, but I am tired.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Some Billy Collins bashing:

http://www.drunkenboat.com/db4/stephens/apology.html

Many people do not appreciate Billy's contribution to poetry. I confess to liking him better several years ago when I first started reading him. I do enjoy listening to him, and the lecture was interesting. Hope this one will be as well.

I actually had to laugh out loud at some of the comments in this article, especially when he is comparing Billy to different people.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Billy Collins and other things

Went to Nashville Saturday to attend a Billy Collins
lecture at Vanderbilt University. He is poet in residence
at Vandy for a few weeks and is offering two lectures
to the public.

He was informative, interesting, engaging, and funny,
though he did seem to be a bit bored with us at times.

Next week, we discuss the line in more detail. I am
looking forward to the final lecture. I wish he was
staying around a little longer.

Saturday night, my friend Dawn (who has moved back
to Nashville and is doing a post-doc at Vandy), her
boyfriend, John, Lauren, Jon, and I went to Julee's
birthday bash at The Red Door Saloon. It was much
more fun than I had anticipated. I am getting tired
in my early 50s and no longer enjoy hanging out
at the bar or being out too late, but I did enjoy myself
very much. It was good to see Julee, who was very
surprised to see me! I have not seen her in several
years.

Spent the night with Dawn and then went to the
Greekfest with Lauren and Jon on Sunday. I enjoyed it!
So many festivals in Nashville last weekend
and the state fair as well.

This Saturday, I hope to see the Warhol exhibit
at the Frist after the lecture. Something to look
forward to indeed!

And, maybe a vacation coming up. Really can't afford
it, but Becca and I are thinking about going to New
Orleans or St. Augustine. I need some beach time!