Friday, May 22, 2015

Final Session Considers Stories

In our last meeting for 2015 we considered what else has been lost--the art of storytelling, as explained by Stephen Dunn. "Stories" is in part a commentary on television but mostly an evoking of telling details from the late 40's and early 50's, that innocent time in which most of us came of age. What the hey. Sadly, all the grandfathers died.

Something that has not been lost is the powerful imprint of family and of prejudice on the work of Natasha Trethewey, as contained in "Southern Gothic," part of the collection Native Guard which was published in 2007 and won the Pulitzer. To repeat: if you live in the South and read poetry, you are required to be familiar with the work of Trethewey.

Again, I wish you health and happiness, good reading and good writing, until we reconvene in January 2016.

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