From:  Tom Gray@MITEL on 06/08/2001 07:30 AM

I recall an interview with a painter who had seen his works displayed on
television. The camera mimicked the eye in focusing on different parts of the
painting in sequence. The painter was disturbed because he said that he had
never thought of looking at the painting the way that had been selected fro
broadcast. It was not a way that didn't show any insight but just a way that the
creator had never considered.

Marcia Karp <[log in to unmask]> on 06/07/2001 10:05:54 PM

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Subject:  Reading books of poetry

Ken Armstrong wrote:

>  The real  question here, one that regularly recurs with a bang on the
> McLuhan discussion list, is whether the TV/point 'n' click generation
> is (or even can be) literate or not, i.e. is literacy in decline? To
> be honest (for emphasis, not contrast :), I'm really not sure. I am
> inclined to think that what my 12 year old daughter does when she
> reads a book, after a zillion hours in front of the tube, is different
> from what I do (she stays awake, for one thing).
> But I'm not sure; she  still  has to visually process the marks on the
> page and imagine the words that she  reads. In sequence.

Dear Ken,
    Your last two words above interest me.  Do you think readers (I'm
interested in literate ones who read because they want to) necessarily
read the poems in poetry books in order?  What, in addition to numbered
or some sort of demarcated sequences, brings the reader through the book
poem after poem, if anything does?  I don't mean to put you on the
spot.  Just that your words sparked my interest, and perhaps with your
teaching experience, you can help.  All others invited, too.