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May 29, 2011

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What a beautiful post! I like the term "poet's trance" a great deal. Psychologist Mihaly Csíkszentmihályi coined the term "flow" for this state as well.

And an incredible poem from Marie Howe. A gift on a foggy Memorial day morning.

I look forward to more posts.

Eve, this is gorgeous. Reading it, I felt myself entering the poet's trance.
You ask if Eve entered the trance before she ate or after. Perhaps a case could be made that she entered the trance after eating the forbidden fruit. After all, after Gd pours on the curses on Adam, Eve and the snake, what is Adam's reaction? Instead of anger, he turns to his wife and responds with an ecstatic, "You are the mother of all life." And then, when she has a son, her ebullient "I have acquired a man thru Gd." Disoriented never looked so good.

This post and the one introducing it over on Modestly Yours have my head spinning. I'll have to reread this several times to fully digest it, but I'm entirely looking forward to doing so.
I am a Christian and have always loved the stories of Genesis and the Creation, but I've never been taught to examine them in this way, exploring the text and dialogue, and the experience of the players so deeply and intimately.
Thank you for sharing this topic and allowing me the opportunity to expand my lil' ol mind, here at my desk in the suburbs of Chicago. I really wish I could take your class!
Looking forward to reading more. -Melissa May

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