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6 May

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22 Jan

Realizing the moment I’m in, thinking,

oh, so, this is where a writer begins.

Water, but no… hydration through measurement and written

something of where I’m taken.

Intent, come out of a scuffle without a bruise or dent.

Not asking self anymore when, but rather just charge,

No desire barred, stay in the chair rather than just driving around

in a car which takes me to places predictable—

pattern despicable.  Rushing through old notes, did any

of them sell?  Nope.  So, new destiny to sow.

Up a rapid-shaped river row.  Use the hunger to my

advantage… no bandage, and no panic.

I’m a poet, banished, but I’m not concerned cuz that’s

why so much was learned.  Drove straight, then decided to

abruptly turn.  Another page turned, and

book churned… observe another curve from sky to dirt.

My Statement

19 Jan

My truest hope for students is that they teach themselves.  That they entertain the ideas and methods I offer, make them their own, and teach themselves something new about their abilities, that they learn they’re more capable than they ever thought they were with reading critically and writing.  Much of the way I accomplish this as the instructor of record, or partially as I credit mostly the students for what transpires in the room, is solidifying a safe, impassioned, free exchange of ideas.  I always stress onus, often capitalizing all letters and writing on the board… ONUS.  It’s always theirs.  The onus is with their reads, with what they write in their journals and in every syllable they utter in a critical discussion.  I help them understand this, realize it, see and feel it.

Usually at the beginning of a term, many students express the desire to want to become “better writers”.  Some even bluntly ask me, on the first day, “How do I do that?” or “How will you help me do that?”  Answer to first, “You write, you practice, tirelessly, over and over, and you READ.” To second, “You will help you do that, I will help you help YOU.” My pedagogy has always, since my fist class at Chabot back in Spring 2006, prided and predicated itself on actuation, on constant activity on student behalf.  Yes, they have jobs, other classes, family and social lives, but I stress to them that there’s always a way.  You can always find time.

Another parcel of my teaching method is inviting the student to realize the gift of being a student, how much you can discover through study, and writing freely in your journal.  You understand your story better, what you’re in the classroom, and what you can do with your classroom presence, your matriculated narrative.  Ideas, the journal, start there.  With YOU.

Who’s listening to music right now?

24 Aug

To what?

What does it make you think of?

How does it make you feel?

Where does it take you?

Here’s me, now:

Jan 29, 2015 Session — Communication, Music!

29 Jan

Exercise… Pretend you’re on the Road, and see this.. (photo on overhead)
Today Session: Communication — Notably, how these characters communicate, right then, where they are.. They always maintain their own ‘colloquy’ and ‘sodality’ while on the Road, especially in the presence of music..
But before that, Compose a Literary Letter to your colleagues, expressing thoughts, QUESTIONS, unique connections, interpretations and dilemmas with the reading.. Please be as specific as possible and use precise passages from the book…
Last session we explore life in the characters, and that exuberance consistent with our definition.. show us where this Life is COMMUNICATED, with intent, to the characters that surround, especially in the presence of music!
What does Dean mean to say when says ‘I dig life’, and ‘IT! IT!’ … What in the world is IT?
How is the relationship between Sal & Dean changing? What is there to this change? What does it possibly indicate about how Kerouac saw Cassidy at a certain point? Is Kerouac’s depiction unflattering?
“‘Whooee!’ yelled Dean.” — The idea of speed, moving fast, like LIFE, like JAZZ(!!!), and why not? What is Kerouac saying through this character, D. Moriarty? … “‘We’l just pick him up for kicks!’”
Page 128, music! Tell us about the resounding Nature to this passage and the characters in it and why Kerouac heralds music so highly…
And, before I forget… “Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy.” -Ludwig Von Beethoven
Thoughts from me: Last night while re-reading the assigned pages I couldn’t help but think of Life, and Music, and how inextricably the two are linked, and dependent upon each other.. our hearts, needing to maintain some sort of BEAT, some rhythm to forward functionally.. out brains, in all their synaptic frenzy, have their own measure and notes and expression, and that’s what music is, or how I see it: one of the ultimate forms of expression, which explains why Dean reacts the way he does to Shearing (128).. “Old God! Old God Shearing! Yes! Yes! Yes!” Repeating yes, his agreement and subscription and SURRENDER 3 times! (Possible pertinence with the Holy Trinity..) But on either note (yes, that pun’s intended), music is dominant in our culture, the Human culture, on all continents and proves, as Plato said, to be a Moral Law. And it’s a fun law as it can take so many forms, so many genres, and Artists translating the law, like Kerouac in his jazzy, swift prose..
And what better way to COMMUNICATE?

Outlet Kiss

25 Jul

Racket, there, but
that’s what gets noticed, old
madness. How happens, let
the counter tell, and I
Say cheers, and I hate
the word THE. Because I’m
Bored. Happy insanity curved because
It’s supposed to be advertised that
way. Just think, or walk away from
It, or
It. Oh yes, I’m obviating
such obvious trust, so duck.
Crash my Me into a written tree I saw the other day, next
To a polluted lot. Full–