A PLACE TO BEGIN

powerfulwomenreaders

Somewhere near the beginning of the semester, I tell my students the story of Don Marquis, a newspaper journalist who came into his office one morning to find a strange letter in his typewriter. The letter was from archy, a cockroach who claimed  he was the reincarnated soul of a Roman poet who writes in free verse. I pass out copies of the letter and ask for reactions.  Of course, the students say there are no capital letters or punctuation, and I explain the laborious way in which archy composes his poems.  He stands on the space bar and dives headlong into the keys to make them work.  Since he can’t be in two places at once, he can’t operate the shift key, and he leaves out punctuation as one less key to have to manipulate.

A few students have insisted, like the walrus-mustached Oral Interpretation professor I once had…

View original post 313 more words

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s