Apr 11, 2006, 1:01 AM
Post #29 of 2979
Sam: to weigh in a little on faculty at Montana, I had Karen Volkman for my senior thesis adviser in undergrad, and while her poetry is fascinating, she's very aloof and comes across as quite cold though I don't think she had any intention of doing so. Working with her was... well, quite awkward, and she never seemed to have criticism or suggestions about my poetry that I felt like jibed with what I was trying to do. That said, I was twenty and not a very smart reader of poetry (mine or anyone else's), whereas she seemed very strongly rooted in academic analysis of poetry, and we may not've been speaking the same language at that point. Now, as I've learned more, I'd probably appreciate her feedback quite a bit more.