Monthly Archives: May 2014

7 Hall Mario

Nothing this week. This week, we read Nitobe’s Bushido and discussed the monumental changes Japan was making from being the world to being in the world. I loved hearing about how quickly Japan adopted only the best Western traditions while … Continue reading

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6 Hall Mario

Scenario: Feeling overheated in my room after being in a daze of work, I open my window.  wind enters— cold and warm calm me This week, we learned about the beauty of sorrow, the Japanese views of nature (as a … Continue reading

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5 Hall Mario

Scenario: while walking, I catch a reflection in a puddle for a brief moment. Looking down Above me Trees and the sky This week’s lectures about hedonism and the floating world and the idea of perspective and nature were very … Continue reading

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4 Hall Mario

Scenario: Walking home after class. Movements make no sound As snow falls Around me This week’s discussion of nothingness and Merton’s explanation of why nothingness is the key was very illuminating for me and reminded me of two things quite … Continue reading

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3 Hall Mario

Week 3 Scenario: a man asks for help getting his powerful car unstuck from a snowbank. tires on ice legs deep in snow the engine spins This week during our class and readings, we learned about the house (the house!) … Continue reading

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Week 2

2 Amanda Greaves   I spent the weekend in Texas- but nothing came to me this week.               This week gave the class a taste of some Japanese culture. The theme that I sense … Continue reading

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Week 9

9 Greaves,  Amanda -Still sick after months of medicine               Warm, wet rusty air Plagues places with no bright light Dark clouds make my home   After watching Grave of the Fireflies the main theme that resounded the most … Continue reading

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4 Shigenobu Hanako

Looking out beyond South Hall, thick snowflakes contorted the appearance of the houses in the distance. Blurred horizon Vanishing From heavy snow fall If nothingness is not achieved, which it rarely is, you are stuck in a frustrated state where … Continue reading

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5 Shigenobu Hanako

After a long day at a track meet in Springfield, MA, I went for a short run as the sun was setting. Another day Night dawns In a sunset sky I agree that sadness can be beautiful in that it … Continue reading

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6 Shigenobu Hanako

While I was running, I passed an iced over Mystic Lake. My poem is written about a moment I had running along Mystic Lake. The road was empty, the air was brisk, and the lake was frozen over and completely … Continue reading

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