Revisiting Chan (Shôn)

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Either this video for “Living Proof” is a transparent attempt to garner attention or it’s one slick & clever commentary on the order of the day via “cross country” play. Chan Marshall runs in latex red carrying a Jesus ornament, against her opponents, who appear to be spin-offs of Muslim women. Who will win? Choose your own speed, and watch here.

Last night in my poetry class, a student read the first four or five pages of “Objects” from Tender Buttons aloud, which was, for many of them, their first encounter with Ms. Gertrude Stein. Another woman started crying & giggling in the middle of the reading and remarked many times over, “I don’t know why this is making me cry!” She was confused by her own reception of the work, but not averse to it. I’ve never seen a student react so strongly & openly to poetry before. Something akin to the Stendhal Syndrome anyone? Though not so haunting…

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