|Tom Cable, the Prosody Guy|
I felt the same touch of magic at lunch with Dick Davis and Tim Steele, when during a discussion on Christina Rossetti both men agreed that their favorite poem of hers was "A Pause of Thought." I asked if either of them could recite the poem, and Dick replied that he could if someone would provide the first line. "I looked for that which is not, nor can be," offered Tim, and the two of them, with the occasional pause for thought, went on to recite the entire beautiful poem between them.
After lunch I attended the panel entitled "A Poet's Field Guide, Part II," delivered by Tom Cable & Natalie Gerber, where I snapped the above picture. I don't need to tell you about the magic in that! If you think that there is anywhere else in the world where you would see the above slide projected before a large public audience outside of the classroom, then I challenge you to show me it.
This West Chester conference is particularly special, of course, because it is the twentieth anniversary of the founding in 1994 by Mike Peich and Dana Gioia, who were duly honored and feted at the banquet with gifts, speeches, and even a poem.
Finally, after a long but satisfying day, it was time to head over to the Swope Music building to listen to keynote speaker, Natasha Trethewey. The packed audience was privileged to hear the Pulitzer prize-winning current Poet Laureate speak and share her work--honest, searing and thought-provoking--for forty-five minutes.
Not surprisingly, we were totally spellbound.