Meisner Technique — Jenny Rohn (You look tired/I look tired?/You look tired/I look tired?/Yes, you look tired/Yes, I look tired/You ARE tired/I am tired.)
Masks — Janis Young (lots of growling at the floor)
Walt Whitman & Emily Dickinson — Mark Wunderlich (the “queer” grandparents of American poetry)
Honors Seminar on Twain — Becky Godwin (A literary romp)
Hello cheese I think about you every day.
Finding Form — Dana Reitz (Form got found & found & found. Highlight = interpretive moss spore dance. )
Directing II — Kathleen Dimmick (Worked on a Durang scene…tonal impossibility/challenge of the century…theatre!)
Modernist Monuments (Yeats, Pound, Eliot) — Monica Youn (The apparition of these faces in the crowd;/Petals on a wet, black bough.)
Practicum: National Undergraduate Literary Anthology — Becky Godwin (aka Plain China!)
Masters of Style — Doug Bauer (This class changed my life. I think it taught me how to read again.)
1. The Art of Portraiture with Marguerite Feitlowitz
2. Five Approaches to Acting with Kirk Jackson
3. The Director’s Vision with Jean Randitch
4. Reading & Writing Poetry: Color, Text and Sound with Dorothea Lasky
So far I’ve….
visited The Clark and stared at portraits of people staring directly past me (creepy), watched two old movies, pretended to be an octopus, drawn a very scary green face, and, of course, read TONS AND TONS AND TONS
Bonjour y’all! (Can’t you see how cultured I done got)
I’m excited to be back in Vermont after a bangin’ Field Work Term in France (my first time leaving the country…eeeep) with some of my closest friends from Bennington. I spent my time split between the lovely town of Bellevue and the Shakespeare & Company bookstore, right across the way from Notre Dame. After 7 weeks of learning the basics (inventory, shelving, displays, etc), the more-than-basics (what do people want to read and why?), and the more-than-more-than basics (how do I convey the ineffable power of Plath’s prose to this 14-year-old beret-bedecked child by means of my lackluster arsenal of high school French?) All I can say is, I’ve spent a lot of time ruminating on what keeps a literary mind hummin’.
As you can see, it was a nose to the grindstone situation.
Ooh la la….
Classes I’m Taking This Term:
1) Philosophical Reasoning with Paul Voice (He always EXPERTLY tosses the chalk in class and catches it. And they say we “don’t have athletics” here at Bennington College.)
2) Reading & Writing Poetry with Michael Dumanis (Such an exciting opportunity to workshop our own work, as well as learning about some of the most influential poets out there.)
3) History of Theater with Kathleen Dimmick (Nothing like a little Oresteia to lighten one’s mood in the mornings)
4) Choice & Consequence: Alternative History with Sherry Kramer (Changing the past through the art of playwriting…mmmyezdelicious)
Super excited about these. I’m juggling one of the busiest schedules I’ve ever had this term, but I’m up for the challenge. Ithink. If you’re interested in perusing the Academic Curriculum yourself, click on the photo for a link to the innards. ;)
Hello. Upon this interface, there crouches a Parke.
A Parke is a very elusive kind of creature that skulks around bookshops haunting the poetry section. She sleeps under a dense heap of black chiffon and lives on a diet of tattoo ink, cinnamony tea, and Grapenuts. Sometimes, when the Parke is feeling particularly exhilarated by her deviant lifestyle (such as, but not limited to: chance exchanges with kittens, goats, or perfectly executed syntactical choices), she makes a very strange shimmering sound, like at the beginning of 90’s slow jams.
Please ask the Parke questions. Consider her the ghost of your inquisition.
O’ praise the glory of my Word Art skillz.