Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Blog # 7: Poetry & Short Story

This weeks readings were Bharati Mukheriee’s “A Father,” Stephanie Shaprio’s “Serving Up Hope” and two poems the first written by Richard Hague known as “Directions for Resisting the SAT” and Gary Gildner’s “First Practice.”

Bharati Mukherelee’s short story focuses around a Indian man who lives in Detroit. He is very religious and follows the Hindu religion. This man is very superstitious sand also has spent his entire life worshiping the God, Kali-Mata. This man is also a push over and spends his life being pushed around by his family. One day he sees his neighbor sneeze and being the superstitious man he is gets frightened because that is a bad omen. So to avoid anything from happening he takes the day off of work and stays at home. While at home he notices that his daughter has not left for work and begins to hear vomiting coming from the bathroom. As the story progresses he learns that his daughter is pregnant from a donar and his wife knew all along. He gets furious at this and at the end of the story he beats her belly with a rolling pin hoping to kill the child.

Next up on our list was an article called “Serving up Hope.” This is an article about cooking and a husband and wife. The article discusses a culinary chef and his wifes formation of a restaurant that serves two purposes. It first off is a place to eat and secondly is place for former drug addicts to learn how to cook so they can go out into the world with the skill of culinary.

Moving onto the poems, we read “Directions for Resisting the SAT” written by Richard Hague. The book is filled with humor and makes fun of the over preparing many people do for the SAT. The poem pokes fun at the numerous books one can buy that tells that what to expect on the SAT. He overall pokes fun at the SAT by saying that this 5 hour test determines whether or not a student gets into the college of their choice. Sounds a bit ridiculous.

The next poem hits home for many people. It was written by Gary Gildner and is called “First Practice.” This poem is about the full throttle you are thrown into when you a join a sports team. The poem describes the intensity that one feels at the first practice. The fear the coach installs into people to make them see that this isn’t a joke. The poem pokes fun at the idea that coaches get so into the idea of winning and loose the fun of playing the game.

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