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April 07, 2011


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Thank you for this Jenny. My curiosity is piqued. I love the Pound statement about reading a book 3 times and without giving it a lot of thought right now, I'm inclined to agree with him. I hope you will write more on this (and post here?). I too have had many thoughts lately about reading, and how reading has changed for me over the years, and how I long for the way I read as a young adult (with total absorption in the story and no attention to "craft." I can recall only one recent (and it's not too recent) experience of reading in that way). Stacey

It's just great to hear you, Jenny, in your poems, in the blog, anytime, anyplace.
A lovely story about Prof Garber, and more.

Jim and Stacey: Such a nice way to re-discover the faces (or voices) of dear friends. Thank goodness I blogged again!--simply for the pleasure of finding you here, kindly commenting...I am *grateful*.

David Ulin described last night that way we used to read in our youths--reading about the lives of those OLDER than we, and more experienced, as a way of "breaking in" on life--on what we thought real life would be. He describes reading at the family dinner table, slipping away to the characters and stories he felt had "the secrets" to the world outside the mundane one. He said it all much better, of course.

But I'd forgotten--I must admit--that use of reading to transgress into the hidden reality of others.

I wonder if one could plan a reading project to do just that: a planned insertion of self into a wholly un-self-like consciousness. And the choice of that "other" consciousness can't be a have-to. It has to be urgently naughty in its otherness.

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"After You've Gone"
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as I enter
in the dark

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