Entries from October 2017

Thursday, October 26th, 2017

Sample sized

The one word that I would use to describe the book Cane by Jean Toomer is “sample”.  It seems like a nice sampling of a collection of some extraordinary short stories and poems that are in tune with the issues that Toomer brings up.  I would say that the genre of this piece is drama, […]

Thursday, October 26th, 2017

A Flash of Cane

Cane is composed in flashes: its varying stylistic elements and consistent shifts in perspective focus enable the literary work to introduce new stories and tell them in the form that the particular story calls for. On the surface level, the book can be thought to alternate between prose and poetry but what interests me most […]

Wednesday, October 25th, 2017

The Duality of Cane

The novel Cane, by Jean Toomer, is interesting in the fact that it does not have one central narrative, and also in the fact that it does not stick to one mode of writing. The novel switches between prose and poetry, and sometimes even the prose can be read in a poetic-like rhythm. Each chapter, […]

Tuesday, October 24th, 2017

What is Cane, that is the Question!

Jean Toomer does an exceptional job at resisting pigeonholing; he conflates several seemingly distinct literary genres and produce what is know as CANE. So, to the question: what is CANE? Before answering that question I must first illuminate what CANE is not. CANE is not a collection of poetry; CANE is not a collection of […]

Wednesday, October 11th, 2017

Lily and Gabriel

Lily was impressed with how respectfully she handled Gabriel’s rude gesture of offering her money for doing her job. She prided herself on the way she attempted to refuse the money because it showed how she did not accept handouts. Lily noticed that Gabriel’s agitation from the girl’s bitter and sudden response had overwhelmed him. […]

Friday, October 6th, 2017

playing with pov-the dance from miss ivors’ pov

Lancers were arranged. Miss Ivors could barely suppress a laugh when she was partnered with Gabriel, thinking the two of them must have looked odd standing next to each other. Even his clothed screamed west Briton to her, and she could not help but notice his gaze meeting her brooch with some suspicion. She wondered […]

Thursday, October 5th, 2017

Mrs. Ivors’s Agenda

Mrs. Ivors had been chatting with Lily the caretaker about how splendid the butter tarts were that evening.  She had taken a bite of one and placed it back onto the plate, the crumbs rolling to the edges.  The arpeggios coming from Mary Jane’s finger tips on the piano bounced around in the background. Mrs. […]

Thursday, October 5th, 2017

Here’s Freddy!

There’s no way to show up to a party than late, fashionably late! I drunkenly stumbled into the home of Miss. Kate and Miss. Julia- I’m not sure why such elderly women use Miss- and entered into a roaring round of applause. Because i am the life of the party, I expected such reception: a […]

Thursday, October 5th, 2017

The Dead from Miss Ivors

Miss Ivors found herself paired with Mr. Gabriel Conroy, a fortuitous occurrence as she had recently discovered something about him that piqued her interest, and displeasure. “I have a crow to pluck with you” she let on a little, not enough to fully play her hand as she would like to see the man worry […]

Thursday, October 5th, 2017

Gretta’s View

When the song had finished, Gretta looked around the room in search of Gabriel. She had seen him dancing with Miss Ivors earlier, and noticed that he had become agitated during the conversation. Gretta had seen Gabriel like this many times before. He straightened his shoulders, held his head a little higher and he puffed […]