Mar 24, 2010

Jean Toomer, "Reapers"


Here's another view of the pastoral, or at least the agrarian. Who has it right, Hopkins or Toomer? Toomer's clause, "as a thing that's done," strikes me as especially chilling and worthy of discussion.

Reapers by Jean Toomer from Cane, 1923


Robert Jones' biographical sketch of Toomer is fascinating. Next time someone tells me, "Get a life," maybe I'll consider it more seriously.

Jean Toomer's Life and Career

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6 comments:

Sam said...

Thanks so much for dropping by! The photography on your blog is wonderful - is it yours?

BANJO52 said...

Thanks, Sam. Yes, it's all mine--probably my effort to offer something besides lit and movie talk. Hope to see you again.

Brenda's Arizona said...

Do people ever complain when you take their photo (the candid shots you have)? I had my first in my face "YOU *ITCH, YOU TOOK MY DOG'S PHOTO AND THAT IS AGAINST THE LAW, INVASION OF PRIVACY" screamer at the city dog park yesterday. She was ready to break both my camera and my knees. It shocked me, esp. since it was dog photos (mostly my dogs) and not people. But anyway, have you ever had that?

BANJO52 said...

Brenda, that's just bizarre if it was their DOG. I feel your pain. So far no unpleasantness for me.

I used to worry about it more, and I still try to be discreet and/or depend on the zoom. But as I understand it, the "expectation of privacy" vanishes pretty much the minute you walk out the door. Of course that doesn't prevent the snapee from getting nasty.

BANJO52 said...

Of course, depending on the zoom sometimes makes me feel like a stalker . . .

altadenahiker said...

I've got to think about the MAIN post Banjo, so that's TK.

But Brenda, I've heard others with similarly nasty experiences. There's a legal doc I'll send to you once I find it that proves you're perfectly within your rights. Other photogs just pass this on to (horrible or mistaken) person. I don't know what's up with those folks -- witness protection?

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