Anne Carson – Ambiguity, Uncertainty, Ecstasy

In the fall of 2019, I became a student again. I attended my first class in the Graduate Liberal Studies Program at Simon Fraser University. http://www.sfu.ca/gls.html

I wore my brand new Doc Martens shoes to class, partly because, as we all know one needs to choose proper footwear before embarking on an adventure, partly from a foolish belief that if I wore them, I wouldn’t look so out-of-place at the university but mostly because I had never actually owned a pair of Doc Martens and I felt unfulfilled. Well, two out of three ain’t bad.

The program has been a life-saver in this time of Covid stay-at-home orders. My courses have given me structure and purpose. They have filled my mind, mostly with questions; still, that’s better than vacant stares out of my window. I have met an interesting diverse group of fellow students, my professors have been universally superlative and I am now known on a first name basis by several independent book stores, a group that specifically excludes that scourge of modern life called Amazon, a rant I’ll save for another day.

One of my classes was a writing class. We were required, amongst other creative writing tasks, to produce a long piece of original writing with the hope that our final result would be published in a literary journal – the Ormsby Review. https://ormsbyreview.com/

I haven’t been blogging much lately so I am pleased and proud to attach my writing project which has just been published in the Ormsby Review.  https://ormsbyreview.com/2021/03/20/1067-foulkes-anne-carson/

I never imagined being published in a literary magazine, but in this time of covid, anything is possible. And, before I start to think of myself as a member of the literary intelligentsia, I remind myself that I still cannot seem to pronounce Nietzsche to the satisfaction of anyone, although I do think I have mastered how to pronounce Freud.

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4 Responses to Anne Carson – Ambiguity, Uncertainty, Ecstasy

  1. john j walsh says:

    Bob – great to know you are writing again.john walsh

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  2. Elaine Foulkes says:

    Awesome piece, Bob! Congratulations for the publication. I have always known you to be a talented writer but these last years I also see the true giftedness in your relationship with words. Well done!

    As far as giftedness, as you know I’ve spent many years trying to understand the breadth and complexity of that phenomenon – and our kids in the process. Anne Carson has as complete a definition as I’ve encountered: “She loves to mash two distinct ideas together to see what happens: “The things you think of to link are not in your control. It’s just who you are, bumping into the world. But how you link them is what shows the nature of your mind. Individuality resides in the way links are made.”[26] ”

    Keep writing and sharing!

    *K. Elaine Foulkes, PhD* *53 Dorothy Avenue* *Sutton West, ON* *L0E 1R0*

    *(905) 596-0655 (land)* *(289) 716-4752 (mobile)* elainefoulkes08@gmail.com

    On Sat, Mar 20, 2021 at 6:46 PM bobfoulkesadventures wrote:

    > bfoulkesadventures posted: “In the fall of 2019, I became a student again. > I attended my first class in the Graduate Liberal Studies Program at Simon > Fraser University. http://www.sfu.ca/gls.html I wore my brand new Doc > Martens shoes to class, partly because, as we all know one n” >

  3. suzy venuta says:

    Bob- So good to hear what you have been doing- and good on you for getting those Doc Martians- did you stick to the classic black- or did you go for soe colour? Well done and wow- that sounds like a full corse aos- and WOW- CONGRATULATIONS on gettng your article published- well done- and I look forward t reading it. Stay well and stay safe
    Suzy

  4. Gaila Erickson says:

    Thank you for this great read. It is very motivating to find someone who will share the depth of their thinking, like you have about Anne Carson. It allows us to push the boundaries of our thinking. Life is best when we stay curious!

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