April 07, 2005

Poetry and prose

We used to have a literary magazine here at Michigan Law called Dicta. I say "used to" because it hasn't been published since 2002.

That's THREE YEARS of literary quiescence.

This year an enterprising 1L who decided it was better for law students to express, not suppress, their literary talents, resurrected the old Dicta as Griot*. Thanks to a friend of mine who both writes poems AND absents herself from campus on opening night, I got to read her poem aloud in front of a roomful of people. It was fun. They applauded. Now I know how Hilary Swank feels.

Although my colleagues here might sometimes seem to exist in only one dimension, that's just an unhappy illusion. If you give them half a chance to really express themselves artistically, they'll remind you that you're still surrounded by some jaw-droppingly creative people.

* Griot: a storyteller in western Africa who perpetuates the oral tradition and history of a village or family.

Posted by Carey at April 7, 2005 09:10 PM

I got the e-mail about this event AFTER it was over! I was so annoyed. I played poker down in the LC basement and would have much rather come up and listened to y'all!

It sounds wonderful, Carey. And, I understand that you are also one of those really bright, creative folks!

Posted by: Denise at April 8, 2005 12:04 PM

Care-Bear, you are the greatest! I bet you were a BETTER entertainer than Hillary Swank. For real. :)

Posted by: JKrasch at April 11, 2005 10:42 AM

What's the story about why the name of the magazine was changed?

Posted by: at April 14, 2005 09:21 PM