I took very copious notes in each, but to remember what I learned, I better distill the main thing from each.
1. From history class, the 'pan' movement. People connected through religion or nationality without borders, brought together in a network that supersedes their diaspora. The Zionist movement is a 'pan' network. There was also a 'pan-Islamic' movement, attempting to bring together scattered Muslim groups feeling threatened by enroaching Christianity and Christian nationals. Today's Al-Queda organization is an 'heir' to the pan-Islamic movement.
2. GREAT word: 'Mullipuff.' Used by Puritan poet Edward Taylor in Meditation 22, 'God Hath Highly Exalted Him.' See illustration for the meaning. This is a word to be resurrected.
3. Erica Baum's Card Catalog and Dog-Ear. Poetry found in the library and ... some unknown book. Found poetry. Mixing genres -- photography and poetry -- into something new and strange, yet using old tools and familiar techniques. Poetry unbound. Read more in Bomb Magazine. I love this found poetry and it gave me an idea for finding a little poetry myself....
BTW. Congratulations. You have read the only blog post written in Fort Wayne, Indiana, today that brings together a historical movement, an archaic yet totally cool word, and a conceptual poet. We are only missing kittens.
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