Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Renaissance Phone Bank

I just called Hawaiian Mastercard because I can never remember my name or password (poetry prof, you know) and got a man in Ohio. After helping me pay my bill, and noticing my gmail account, he asked if I teach poetry. 

On saying yes, he told me how much he loves John Donne's "Valediction Forbidding Mourning," the way the poet uses a compass with its two legs to represent himself and his wife. Then he said that, while he didn't recommend that anyone read the entire Faerie Queen, there were parts he loved. After pausing to catch his memory, he recited some lines to me.

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