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Newsletter Dated: 12/12/2007 3:55:33 PM
Subject: Newsletter: Holiday Wishes
Happy Holiday Dear Readers!!
Another Christmas Season is upon us and I wish for each of you a blessing-filled holiday. Again this year, thank you for your faithful support of my work and of this Newsletter. Although new subscribers are frequent, the original subscribers are quite consistent. I appreciate you dear Readers very much. I hope your New Year 2009 is to your liking and filled with goodness and love.
T.S. Eliot once entertained reactions to his poetry. One listener said that such and such a poem meant such and such. Another listener said, “But I thought it meant [a different] such and such.”
Eliot wisely said to each listener, “That’s correct. Interpretation is up to the person rather than a poem having one certain perspective.” (Of course, these words are not Eliot’s exact, but convey his point of his actual words.)
I was especially grateful for Eliot’s philosophy when I found an artist’s interpretation of my poem, “Through the Glass.” Go to this link to examine a photograph used by an artist to interpret my poem: http://www.flickr.com:80/photos/jmbo82/984900487/in/set-72157601115895189/
Do you agree with the interpretation through the artist’s photograph? If you do not, and if we follow Eliot’s philosophy, you are both right.
A very rewarding aspect of writing books is contact with students. Two examples follow involving two different books.
A small group of youth taking a class at the University of Northern Iowa were studying FGM. In a combined class and theater experience a student wrote a 15 minute play using my 2005 book, Female Genital Mutilation: Legal, Cultural and Medical Issues. The play was presented November 26, 2007 in the Great Reading Room of Seerley Hall. The professor gave a brief talk following the play.
THE WOMEN OF AFGHANISTAN UNDER THE TALIBAN
A Masters Degree student at a university in Boston is interviewing me on The Women of Afghanistan under the Taliban.