Poetry as a Way of Knowing -2

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John Marshall was a student of mine in the first year of Malaspina College and is (in spite of that?) still a friend. When I think of him as a student I remember his creativity and a tendency to “kick against the pricks”. In first year English I assigned a research paper. John wrote a long poem. He worked on the college publication “omniverse” and got us both in trouble with the administration.

One of the benefits of having a poet for a friend is the quality of the birthday cards one receives:

Birthday cardOf course, we are both older now and less likely to get in fights in pubs or peddle bibles on the mainland. But let me say this, John is my friend and he used to write some kick-ass poems.

4 thoughts on “Poetry as a Way of Knowing -2

  1. For once the blurb on the back of a book is accurate! There are some fine poems in this collection. Good to reminded of the early College days. Several years ago I sent this note to Bob:

    “I think I have always been puzzled about just how I fit into the nature of things. I was always getting in trouble as a kid because I questioned authorities of all kinds: teachers, parents, political leaders – they all seemed to me to be full of it most of the time. Back in the late 1980s I decided to attend Malaspina College. One of the courses I signed up for was Philosophy 100 – Informal Logic. The prof was great – he questioned everything too; and encouraged us to question everything including him! It was so refreshing. I learned to argue. Not shout, but present and analyze an argument. It was addictive. I tried out my new skills on everyone, losing a few friends because of it, but loving it all the time. After that course I took every philosophy course that Bob offered. I read the Bible. Yes. And came to respect it as literature. It had always been in the dust bin of history prior to the Bible as Literature and Philosophy course.

    I left Malaspina College after taking all the philosophy they offered at that time and went to Toronto.

    I still wonder about the nature of things and where I fit in; but I am happy trying to teach my students what I learned about life and logic, literature and love.”

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