The Favorite – Blog #5

September 14, 2010 at 10:55 pm 4 comments

I had a difficult time choosing which piece to advocate this time.

Carolyne Wright’s poem “This Dream The World is Having About Itself” tells a story about time passing, American-life, family, and death.

The last line struck me deeply, and lingered:

“in open fields, we would

watch the trail deepen in brilliant shadow

and dream all the decades ahead of us.”



I find more power and depth within the words of  Alison Townsend’s “The Favorite.”

In this poem, we examine the give-and-take relationship of a student and a teacher. When a truly deep and intimate connection is made, it is inevitable that the roles will reverse at some point: The student will give the teacher the seeds of new knowledge.

But this poem is layered with valuable images of human behavior:  

**The instinctive need we feel to help the ones we relate to

**The way we live vicariously through other people and their stories

**How strength always evolves through the most difficult of experiences


“The most beautiful room in her whole house built from the ugliest mud”



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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Esoobac  |  September 15, 2010 at 1:26 am

    I really like how the teacher assimilated her students story and used it for her own. I think you nailed it with that deep connection and rolls reversing. I definitely think the teacher(and now to some extent, us) shoulders some of the weight from that story.

  • 2. firstdrafty  |  September 20, 2010 at 2:14 pm

    I think I would say that the student gives the teacher OLD knowledge and forces her to recognize an earlier self.

  • 3. firstdrafty  |  September 20, 2010 at 2:34 pm

    I had been looking forward to reading what you had to say about “Stolpestad” or “Bird Feed,” but…

    • 4. originalhoopla  |  September 20, 2010 at 2:55 pm

      I know, I had planned to post last night but that was not a possibility, I know I won’t get the credit for it now, but I’m still putting my post up so I can be prepared to talk when I get to class today : )


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