22 September 2005

Goosebumps under wool.

I woke up this morning feeling very chilly, so it is true: fall is here! My favorite season. Well, other than spring. On Tuesday my intro to poetry writing class discussed "Veteran's Day" by Dick Allen, and I almost fell out of my chair when 85% of the students caught Allen's CCR reference, "Who can stop the rain?" Amazing, considering I recently had an undergraduate class where 85% of the students had never heard of Nirvana. I guess things are different here in Ohio. They still play Led Zeppelin like it's brand new. Rock on, y'all.

Speaking of rocking, my first meeting with the Akron Poetry Collective was outstanding. Fantastic surroundings, delicious pears, and plenty of feedback, including a heap of really great suggestions, especially from Elton Glaser, who showed me various places where I am trampling all over my images, as he says. I plan to become a regular fixture at the APC meetings. A very energizing experience.

I have butterflies in my stomach already, because in less than a week I will get to meet Philip Levine. Doesn't every little Michigan poet grow up dreaming of one day meeting Philip Levine? I probably won't be able to eat anything (though it's really not about the chow, after all). Looking forward to meeting Anele Rubin, too. What the hell am I going to wear?


Byf said...

Not sure how Allen phrased it, but the CCR song goes, "Who'll stop the rain," not "Who can stop the rain."

There I go, being fussy.

Incidentally, my favorite CCR song is "Have You Ever Seen the Rain?" What is it with CCR and questioning song titles?

At any rate, I'm glad your new students are well versed in song.

Byf said...

P.S. I'm tempted to take several of these word-verification "words" that appear as I try to post a comment and rearrange the letters into a poem. (I wonder what I could do with "lxyrvie" and "xumjr"?) Since I know I never will, perhaps you should!

Penultimatina said...

Okay Byf, so I wasn't totally tripping, because that's how Allen quotes it. Now I have totally lost faith in my students. Just kidding. Hey! It's nice seeing you around, you wonderful sfvcm you!

Perhaps if we use the word in our reply we shouldn't have to type it again...

Byf said...

Have we decided who can stop the rain? Rsuqghqf, Byf

Penultimatina said...

Apparently nobody else knows a efxhc about this mysterious quote. Alas! Alack! Yrmku!