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Song of Ourselves

mbackus's picture

Here it is! Thank you all for participating in the reconstituted poem exercise we did together. Phrases from the peom were taken from Walt Whitmans Song of Myself in his larger collection entitled Leaves of Grass. I encourage all of you to keep reading more Walt Whitman! I know two minutes definitely wasn't enough time to get to know the poems I handed out, but they are definitely worth spending some time with. Thank you to everyone for your amazing presentations as well! It was a wonderful semester and I look forward to having classes with all of you over the next for years. 

Every Atom belonging to me as good as belongs to you… and every atom of my blood formed from this oil, this air


Houses and rooms are full of perfumes the shelves are full of perfumes I breath the fragrance myself and know it and like it


I know that the hand of god is the promise of my own and the spirit of Fod is brother of my own


The smallest sprout shows there is really no death all goes onward and outward, nothing collapses


If they are not the riddle and the untying of the riddle they are nothing


This is the meal equally set, this is the meal for natural hunger, it is for the wicked just the same as the righteous, I will make appointments with all, I will not have a single person slighted or left away


I laugh at what you call dissolution and I know the amplitude of time


Mad naked summer night


You sea! I resign myself to you also!


Your facts are useful and yet they are not my dwelling


I hear the sound I love, the sound of the human voice


I believe a leaf of grass is no less than the journey-work of the stars


Eyes full of sparkling wickedness, ears finely cut, flexibly moving


I sound my barbaric yawp



Elizabeth's picture

Napkin Notes

In this teach-in, our ideas weren't totally overlapping. We didn't do everything side-by-side, even when we were planning. But we still worked together--bouncing ideas off of each other and evolving the final project together. I think that this is just another example of how working together and being ecological can take a lot of different forms.

In my portion of the teach-in, I put together some ecologically-minded napkin notes on the blackboard. I wanted to show how my perceptions have changed over the course of this ESEM, so I wrote down how I was thinking at the beginning of the course on napkins that I put high up on the blackboard, and then I kept commenting further and further down with more "napkin notes" to show how I was questioning my earlier notions, what I thought I was supposed to be learning, and how after a new opinion, I would change my mind and come up with something else. I tried to categorize everything by labelling the napkin notes with a unit at the bottom of the napkins. However, although some of my opinions very directly came out of a specific reading or the theme of a unit, most of them were pretty fluid and gradually came about, not necessarily within the scope of one single unit. My pictures of the napkin notes are being a bit tricky, and I can't manage to paste them into this comment, so, if you want to see them (because there really wasn't enough time to go up and look--sorry I spent so much time setting up!), there'll be a stand-alone post with them.

I've really enjoyed being in this course with you all! Thanks for such a lovely time!

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Yay! Yay Whitman! Yay Maddie! Yay us! Yay Anne! I sound my barbaric yawp!!