Monday, June 23, 2014

Gardening Without Tuxedos

     How to Overcome the Common Sense
                and Still Be Friendly

Critical Thinking Exercise

Identify the following passage, author and text
and  consider responsibly its significance and
relationship  to the whole —the whole,  I said:
text, context,  period of time,  weltanschauung
& evolution of humanistic ART in a now-post-
literate to neo-oral age. .

Be specific.

Your grade will be reflect my assessment
of your  clarity of thought (5,4,3,2,1), your
coherent development of thesis  (5,4,3,2,1),
the logical relationship of your argument
(5,4,3,2,1), good  looking sentences (5,4,3,2,1);
proper grammar and  punctuation of course goes
with out saying and also and especially your
VOICE  (5,4,3,2,1) —how you sound  (if it
ain't got that  swing  it don't mean a thing.) 

Spring advances to meet me: the trees
leafed out, the dandelions set to seed,
the smell of damp raw earth from
plowed fields, the distant puttering noise
of tractors when I stop beside the road
to take a leak, to make a peanut butter
sandwich, to pick a sprig of dogwood
and some wild irises for the water-filled
beer bottles at rest in my dashboard
beer-bottle holder.  I open a fresh bottle
of Budweiser, ignoring the twitch of
anguish in my pancreatic gland, drink
hearty and move on.

Solstice the dog stares straight ahead,
watching the road while I watch the
passage of rural Missouri.  She looks bad,
bleary-eyed and melancholy. I know she's
clear of ticks but she could have worms.
Will have to make inspection next time she
takes a shit. Unpleasant duty but I'd rather
look at hers than mine. 

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