Longing For Other LatitudesMonday, February 04, 2013
In fact I sometimes think that a well-studied first impression of a person we just met can be fairly accurate.
In my photography classes at Focal Point (which sadly closed as far as my pocketbook is concerned a few months ago) I used to break the ice in our studio sessions where we had a nude model with the following question to the model, “I divide mankind into two. There are those who throw dishes in the kitchen and those who don’t. I think you are of the first category.”
More often that not my guess was the correct one, considering that statistically, I had a 50/50 chance.
One easy one is to divide those you know or might know into those who studied ballet and those who didn’t.
She said in return, “How did you know?”
I recently photographed poet George McWhirter who taught literature at UBC to many of my more literary friends or wrote introductions to the books of some of my poet friends. McWhirter was also Vancouver’s first Poet Laureate (followed by Brad Cran and then Evelyn Lau). As poets will he kindly gave me a book of his (poets aim to spread the word thusly) poetry. It is called The Book of Contradictions.
I was first struck by the cover illustration. It looked familiar (that moustache). I checked the credits which read:
The author is grateful for the use of the image “Rainbow Room” by Abel Quezada.
I am sure that the illustration of the restaurant at the top of Rockefeller Centre must have first appeared in the New Yorker. You will find some of Abel Quezada’s illustrations here.
The introduction reads:
An Exchange in Verse
For Other Latitudes
I rest my case (the point made somewhere above) and I can only add that Art Bergmann (be patient and scroll to the bottom) might have added to McWhirter’s lovely introductory to the verse/verse:
“Let’s go to fucking Hawaii!”
I shall give poet George McWhirter the last word.