Andrea Olsen, Middlebury professor, author, dancer, and environmentalist, synthesises anatomy and dance to further understanding of the human body and its powers of communication. Last year, Prof Olsen gave a presentation at TEDxMONTEREY, entitled From Fear to the Sublime: Art Making & the Environment, which can be found here. She is the author of two books, BodyStories, a Guide to Experiential Anatomy and Body and Earth, an Experiential Guide. More information about Prof. Olsen can be located on her faculty page.
From Hayes Davis’s poem “The Bargain Apocalypse” (NER 27.4):
Caldor is going out of business,
prices have been slashed in half
and I believe this is what it will
be like when the world ends.
Children shuffle across the dirty floor,
pointing at undersized baseball gloves
or one-armed dolls, begging parents
who answer with a distracted,
automatic “No.” The security guard
is amused. He isn’t needed; nothing
here is worth the risk of a criminal record.
Some have found an answer or two,
and they wait in lines longer
than purgatory, gripping cash
or a Visa. All sales are final.
An excerpt from Sean Singer’s “Paraffin Fuel,” originally published in NER 29.2:
“Bring me a big bowl of avocado
seed soup while we nail the seed
to the roof and that’ll fix it.”
You’ve got to fix it, dab
the glue in my middle, as the rim
turns among its rust. Like paraffin
fuel, like orangeade imprinted
upon a prayer. Like buff mottling
feeding on an ant.
Soledad Fox considers the literary influence of Cervantes on Flaubert in NER 27.1:
The presence of the Quixote in Flaubert’s imagination can be traced back to his childhood. When he was a young boy, his favorite pastime was to have Don Quichotte read to him aloud, in an abridged French edition edited by Florian. Once he had learned how to read for himself, he collected other editions of the novel, and the impact of these readings is made evident in a letter he wrote in 1832, when he was only ten years old, to his friend Ernest Chevalier:
I know I had told you before that I wanted to be a playwright, but on second thought, I’ve decided against it . . . I have decided instead to become a novelist and I’ve already got some ideas for my first books. I’ll write about Cardenio, about Dorotea, and one about Ill-Advised Curiosity.