February 6, 2012
Three more inches of snow fell last night, warming us up to near zero. The morning brought little improvement in the weather, but I enjoyed my snug new office in the English Language and Literature Department, pictured here. Colleagues at Mississippi State, as you pack up for our temporary home, Howell Hall, eat your hearts out!
Returning to the dorm in the afternoon, I prepared some lessons on American “modernism” and the work of Ezra Pound and William Carlos Williams. Taking a break, I walked out on my balcony and saw this frozen scene filled with persistent life. My photo does little justice to the magnificent flocks of blackbirds, and the ‘poem’ below does even less justice to Dr. Williams*. But I couldn’t resist.
a red coffee
beside the black bird