Monthly Archives: August 2014

Aug 29 – Joy Harjo & Julie Morse

Friday August 29  — Joy Harjo “She had some horses” I came across this essay about teaching young students and falling in love with Joy Harjo’s poem, “She Had Some Horses.”   That makes today’s an unusual post,  a great … Continue reading

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August 28 — A Parable for Teachers at Year’s Beginning

Thursday  August 28   Denise Levertov  “Uncertain Oneiomancy” This Denise Levertov poem stretches me.  It’s a challenge to stay with her metaphors, follow each turn without being too distracted by what she, the poet, is up to.  At this stage, … Continue reading

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Aug 25 “Fragment at the Beginning of Something”

Monday, August 25 – First day of class, Writing these posts has got me  meeting new poets.   David Watts is another.  Here’s the first of his poems I’ve read.  About a son and his dad and a small stone … Continue reading

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Aug 22 “or wring their barriers in bursts of fear or rage”

Friday  August 22 – G M Hopkins, sj  1844-1889 Gerard Manley Hopkins, sj,  a radical innovator among 19th century poets, chose Anglo-Saxon over Latinate English vocabulary and invented “Sprung Rhythm” to replace  classical traditions of rhyme and rhythm  (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sprung_rhythm).  Anglo-Saxon … Continue reading

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August 21 – “all this tripping about” Catherine McAuley

Thursday  August 21   “Enough”  David Whyte Getting very busy around the university;  lots of fast walking and flipping from thought to thought and task to task.  Catherine McAuley, in a memorable saying from her over-busy life leading the fledgling … Continue reading

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Aug 20 – “confident shrug and twist”

Wednesday, August 20 — freshmen orientation week St. Ignatius, sometime in the mid-16th century when he found himself giving birth to  the Jesuits, is said to have observed now and again that he preferred  Jesuits who “need a bridle rather … Continue reading

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August 19 – story telling time

Tuesday, August 19, Day after University Convocation “Convocation,” a calling together of women and men who work at the university.   A rich variety of people from around the state, around the country, and around the wide world.  This is a … Continue reading

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August 18 – Start-up Time

Monday August 18 A lot of athletes moved into Shiple these past few days, Beth Ann Finster tells me, and the c. 25 freshmen who will head out to a camp near Jackson for a retreat designed to help them … Continue reading

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August 15 Thomas Merton

Friday before President’s Convocation No post yesterday.  I and the other 21 members of our community who are here spent Wednesday afternoon and evening, as well as Thursday until mid-afternoon, at the Manresa Retreat Center on 16 Mile and Woodward. … Continue reading

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August 13 – after the storm

Wednesday August 13 — Here’s the lead story this morning for Crain’s Detroit Business on line. Good morning, Detroit. The business community’s lifeguard is on duty. Here is what you should know as you get in your car — and … Continue reading

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