I forgot to tag #eng2100 in my reblog. Sorry!
I find this book to be very repetitive. He writes about the same things consistintley throughout the entire book. I find that interesting and I really like that because, although it is repetitive, it is very predictable. As it was pointed out in class on Wednesday, he really has a lack of punctuation and grammar. Along with some others, that really bothers me because I try my absolute best to use proper grammar/punctuation when needed. The one line in this book that has stood out to me the most this far is when Zaher said: “One Iphone user at a time..”
As the years grow older, technology is becoming more and more prominent to society. I definitely think that that was his focus with that line. Even when I walk through WSU campus, 99.9% of the students I see are using IPhones. We are beginning to depend on technology for everything. Technology is going to take over the world eventually.
Just a quick thought…
It is very obvious that Bhanu Kapil writes a lot about vioilence throughout the book. My group and I went through and found many lines that proved that point in class on Wednesday. Some of her lines were more in detailed than others. I liked that concept because it kind of was like a cliff hanger.. It made me want to know what could possibly be next. I really would like to know if Bhanu Kapil went through any of the situations she wrote about in Schizophrene, in her traveling to the United States from other countries. Her writing definitely leaves you wondering, and I really liked that. I really enjoyed reading Schizophrene.
While doing group work in class on Monday, my group and I began to analyze pieces of Partition. On the first page of this chapter, Kapil leaves such a gruesome image. It starts off: “One day per room. It’s raining. My mother’s mother put a hand over my mother’s mouth, but my mother saw, peeking between the slats of the cart, row after row of women tied to the border trees. “Their stomachs were cut out,” The page ends with “Sometimes I think it was not an image at all but a way of conveying information.” I couldn’t agree more with that line. In our group, we talked about how parents do not always tell their children things just to tell them, there is a reason behind why they are telling the story. Maybe Bhanu Kapil’s grandmother was telling her mother about what is going on with immigrants and how they are being treated. The line “12:20 on the third day; notes from the glass coffin. Schizophrene,” really stood out to me. She repeats “12:20 on the third day” multiple times throughout the book. I still don’t know what she could be meaning, but I got the sense of a biblical reference maybe. The third day, (Easter) was the day that Christ had risen. I’m still often unsure what she is meaning throughout the book. After the line about 12:20, she jumps and says, “Because it is psychotic not to know where you are in a national space.” She jumped from notes in a glass coffin to being psychotic because you don’t know where you are. Throughout this portion of the book, we got the sense of a mental hospital. I really sensed that when she wrote “There are perhaps eleven faces pressed to the blood-specked window, hanging on the glass with their foreheads.” When one person is in a mental institution, they are usually confined to one space, and that was the image I got when I read that line. I really enjoyed the repetitiveness of being psychotic on page 53. Maps and grids keep reoccurring throughout ‘Partition’ as well, which I think ties back to migration and moving around. I thought she did a really good job of tying that back to the title of the book. I really enjoy reading this book. I find Bhanu Kapil’s work so unique and intriguing. She does a really god job at creating intense images for the readers and that really hooks me into her work.
Word Count: 415
As I began reading through the beginning of Schizophrene, by Bhanu Kapil, I really noticed the points that Cierra pointed out in her presentation on Monday. Kapil really does write a lot about senses, and mostly touch. I could also sense the schizophrenia (to an extent) come out in the writing as well. I also researched Schizophrene, but could not find anything about it. I’m pretty curious as to what it really means in comparison to schizophrenia. I like how there aren’t many poems in this book and there really isn’t much writing on the pages, which to me, makes it easier to read. This far, from what I read, I think Kapil’s work is incredibly interesting and I am excited to delve deeper into her writings.
In class on Wednesday, when we split up into groups, my group focused mostly on the first stanza of Easy Puddings. As i re-read the stanza over multiple times, I found it really hard to put the pieces together. I’m not sure where she was going with the poem because she would jump from one subject to another so quickly. For instance, she wrote:
Mary says she has a double or a twin
and now a triplet
and she is a skinny energetic person too
I dream of Sarah Thorne sorting out the clothing..
Mayer went from writing about Mary’s twin to dreaming about Sarah Thorne. I still can’t put together what she’s trying to get across. I don’t understand where or how the title of the poem ties in with the poem. I still feel like i’m reading straight out of Bernadette Mayer’s mind, or reading her diary.
40-60 was a bit long of a poem for me and my likings, but i actually enjoyed reading it. I feel like reading Bernadette Mayer’s work is just like being in her head, if that makes sense. That was how I felt about the poem. She talks about how her stroke caused her to not use her memory as much, which kind of blows my mind because I would think that having a stroke would make you use your memory and think way more than before the injury. She wrote about how before her stroke, she could get herself into a hypnogogic state in very short time. I believe I remember Brad telling us in class Monday that that was the time in between coming out of a dream/sleep and waking up. (I think that’s what was sad). I related the two poems because in “from WIHAHITITTUAVTB,” she was writing the sentences in the hypnogogic state. Style wise, the two poems are obviously not set up the same, but the content seems so similar, per say, to me. I feel like I am reading personal journal or diary entries rather than poems, and I really like that. In “40-60,” Mayer jumps from one subject to the next. For example, she wrote, “i write unbalanced poetry, i cannot balance my checkbook, nor do i have one. i don’t own anything except these books but today phil and i discovered an excellent japanese/chinese restaurant in, of all places, wynanskill. skill phil will still grill bill, & there was that movie, kill bill.” She went from talking about how she lost balance after her stroke, to finding a new restaurant, to words that rhyme with phil. In “from WIHAHITITTUAVTB,” she just wrote a list of whatever was on her mind, and the list is so random. All in all, I enjoy reading the two poems because the ‘rambling’ makes them far more interesting.
In class Monday, we were asked to define rambling. According to www.merriam-webster.com, one definition of rambling was to move aimlessly from place to place. I believe that that is exactly what Bernadette Mayer does. She will write her thoughts on one subject, then instantly and randomly move on to the next subject or thought on her mind. “40-60” and “from WIHAHITITTUAVTB” are perfect examples of Mayer’s rambling. She just jumps from one thought to the next. These poems are more like a journal entry rather than a poem to me.
Word Count: 413
I actually kind of liked this poem. I found the vulgarity and aggressiveness of the poem came off kind of humorous. Some of her points and correlations to periods were so true. She had an interesting way of describing a period, it could make it easier for a man to understand… if that makes sense.