Wednesday, October 14, 2009
An Exploration in Community
A few weeks after Creeley died I started reading and re-reading all of his books. I also read the wretched Faas bio, as well as Tom Clarke's take on the form. Duberman's BM followed. I had been meaning to read it for years, but had not. I think I bought it online. It looks like I only got about halfway through.
I found the portraits of the various students and faculty to be compelling, but, frankly, I found the overly-detailed discussions of faculty/student politics numbing. One reason I chose to leave academia in the first place was that I could not imagine spending the rest of my life attending faculty meetings and having to listen to the petty rivalries and jealousies of the individual members time and time again trump both their own better natures and the good of the department as a whole. I think about the only thing that rivals the outright torture of listening to a faculty meeting in person is reading about one in a book-- even if the faculty does include a lot of my literary and artistic heroes. At least you can close the book.
Gotta run -- no excerpt today!