Friday, September 16, 2005

What to do

Every semester UTC has the Meacham Writers Workshop, three days of readings and workshops and individual conferences with visiting writers for students. We've had Ashbery, Milosz (during his reading, the university's marching band began, well, marching by outside -- he couldn't decide whether to be amused or just plain confused, it seemed), Levine, Tate, Jarman, D. Weir, and tons of other great poets. Always a good lineup. I've read a zillion times myself, it seems. Well, it's coming around again. There's a part of me that'd be content to just sit this one out, absence making the heart grow fonder, or at least less indifferent, after all. But, then, there's another part of me, the one that isn't weary or feeling like a kicked puppy, that is all about getting up in front of James Tate and Gerald Stern, two of the poets coming, and kicking out the jams.

Such as they are.

So should I read? What would you do? Advise, please.

9 comments:

rebecca said...

well, quite obviously, you need to READ. ;-)

Paul said...

Ha, yes, you would say that!

;)

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Stuart Greenhouse said...

Oh, read. Tate'll love your work.

Josh_Hanson said...

Read, read, read.

Have you heard Stern read?

It's quite an experience.

Laurel said...

As a Meacham-vet of many years myself, I'd say there are many factors... Go with your gut, and do whatever will make the conference most FUN for you... FUN. ;)

bp said...

Definitely read. Good audience with real attention, fun event -- don't take it for granted. Eventually you go through a spell where such things are hard to come by. And certainly you should read in front of Tate & Stern. I mean, duh.

A. D. said...

Please let us know what you decide. I'm trying to decide whether I can afford the trip.

Melissa said...

I'm with bp who said, "duh." :)