This Kind of Day (English 135-302)

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

So that (during class) we listened to Yo Yo Ma playing Astor Piazzolla music (fitting, for the CD had been a gift from my fellow faculty member Karen Rile) and Zulu Jive playing "A Sambe Siye e Goli;" we listened and wrote of remembered street-scape scenes; we found our best lines.  We thought out loud about the expectations we have of writers we read, the expectations we have of ourselves.  We asked:  Where do we find music on the page?, and the answers were all at once and different—it's Virginia Woolf, it's Rick Nichols on food, it's Maya Angelou; it's the repeated line, the crescendo line, the long line, the short one; it is what is held and what is sloughed away.  There was the crowding in, afterward, the slow goodbyes, and there, in the doorway, stood a student from three semesters ago—still tall, still lean, still so smart; my impromptu escort to the 4:48 train.

The color of sun.


patti.mallett_pp said...

After reading your post, Beth, I immediately thought of your writing. You do those things so well. In one of your books I wrote a note to myself that your words are "brush-strokes across the page." They are a silent blessing to those who read them. In September, your "Ghosts in the Garden" was with me, on a pier, watching the sun rise over Lake Erie.

And that photo, it's two steps beyond perfect!!

Beth Kephart said...

Patti, thank you. Thank you so much.

  © Blogger templates Newspaper II by 2008

Back to TOP