The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, September 15, 2000, Page 9, Image 9
Visiting poet to read from 'Muscular Man' collection BYKATEGRAFEL If you’ve got the talent, you shouldn’t hide it A high school teacher gave this advice to Terrance Hayes more than a decade ago. If not for that advice, Hayes probably wouldn’t be visiting Nebraska for the first time today to read poems from his book, “Muscular Music,” at the Dudley Bailey Library on the second floor of Andrews Hall. Hayes, a 28-year-old assistant English professor at Xavier University in Louisiana, wrote his first poem during high school. His writing was a secret hobby until a teacher encouraged him to show people his work. “I actually didn’t decide I was a poet until the book came out,” Hayes said. But now, Hayes travels to different cities twice a month to read from “Muscular Music.” The book was published by Tia Chucha Press in May 1995 and has sold 1,800 copies. “Muscular Music” is 70 pages and includes 28 of Hayes’ poems. People like “Pegasus" and “Boxcar” - the first and last poems in the book, Hayes said. But he doesn’t have a particular pref erence. “The most recent one that I write is usually my favorite,” Hayes said. Although lately he has been more interested in older forms of writing, the style of verse he uses depends on the poem. Contemporary poets Yusef * Komunyakaa and Toi Derricotte are among Hayes’ influences. Hayes also said he reads a lot of John Keates' work. Hayes has been teaching composition courses at Xavier University in New Orleans since 1999. Though he sometimes includes poet ry in his courses, Hayes doesn’t require his students to write verse. Hayes occasionally writes prose and essays, but poetry is his main interest, he said. "I would love to be able to write fic tion,” Hayes said, “but every time it turns into a poem.” He writes a lot of poetry and is good at it, but Hayes’ real passion isn’t poetry or even literature in general. His real passion is art. Though he received his bachelor’s degree in English, he said most of his time at Coker College was spent in painting. His minor was in fine arts. He did the cover art for “Muscular Music.” Hayes is one of a series of guest writers at the Dudley Bailey Library. Liz Ahl, a teaching assistant with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s English department, said the department often brings in people to read. Ahl went to graduate school with Hayes at the University of Pittsburgh. She asked Hayes during a spring writing con ference to visit UNL this fall. “He has a great first book out,” Ahl said. “He’s a great reader.” Following the poetry reading at 7 p.m., Hayes will be available to answer ques tions and autograph books. “Muscular Music" will be available for $10.95. Terrance Hayes j —Cwhat: Poetry reading .-Dudley Bailey ~C Where: Library on second floor of Andrews Hall —Cwhen: Tonight @ 7 —CCost: Free CD strips band of happy facade BY ANDREW SHAW Just when you got the thick pop melody of “One Week” out of your head, Barenaked Ladies are bouncing all over MTV again in promotion of their newest album, “Maroon.” It’s all back: Stephen Page’s throaty voice, the stuttering acoustic guitar and the endlessly poppy vocal harmonies. The Canadian quintet had found a successful recipe tq^selling records and packing stadiums around the world, and “Maroon” contihues the cycle with 12 new catchy, danceable songs. TWo years ago, the future of the band was in jeopardy. Kevin Hearn, the Barenaked Lady responsible for all keyboard tracks, missed the band’s first arena tour of the United States because he was being treated for leukemia. But they say laughter can cure all ills, and the immeas urable happiness of the Barenaked Ladies helped bring about a Ml recovery. This near-death experience seemed to affect the last song the band’s new album, “Tonight is the Night I Fell Asleep at the Wheel.” The music paints a carnival with a minimalist calliopesque waltz, but the lyrics deal with a very different picture. Page sings a portrait of a man who died in a car crash: “I guess it’s over now/because I’ve never seen so much/never seen so much blood.” The band known for its upbeat, pointless music (and incomprehensible lyrics) writes a breathtaking line into the song. At the beginning of the song, the driver admits, “You’re the last thing on my mind,” as if the lady he is driving home to doesn’t receive so much as a fleeting thought But the same line is sung repeatedly at the end of the song, meaning that she was the last thing the dying man was thinking about. This subtle artistry and sudden introspective sadness was surprising, but it was very refresh ing after the attack of 11 insanely happy tunes. I have a new appreciation for the band. I saw members who don’t just make faces and film brightly-colored videos. They are Barenaked ' Ladies, -C Title: "Maroon" -(Label: 2000 Reprise Records of 4 stars wordsmiths and artistic musi cians. “Maroon” is worth listening to for the experience of discovering a deeper side to a seemingly one dimensional band. ail ■ From acting to directing movies Neorasna THE ASSOCIATED PRESS TORONTO - The cliche about actors is that what they really want to do is direct But there’s little in the way of cliches about the films directed by noted actors playing at the Toronto International Film Festival. The lineup for the festival that ends Saturday includes films directed by A1 Pacino, Liv Ullmann, Sally Field and Ed Harris. Each deals with the tribula tions of art and performance, from Harris’ sober biog raphy “Pollock,” about abstract painter Jackson Pollock, to Field’s lighter look at an obsessive beauty queen wannabe, Minnie Driver, in “Beautiful.” Many actors have moved into directing successful films, notably Clint Eastwood, whose "Space Cowboys” opened last month, and Robert Redford, whose golfing fable “The Legend of Bagger Vance" debuts this fall. Robert Duvall’s self-financed “The Apostle” screened at the Toronto festival in 1997 and came away with a $5 million distribution deal. “For some actors I know, in a sense, directing is kind of a natural outgrowth,” Harris said. “You act in film after film over the years, and ultimately, you real ize it would be nice to be in control of your own des tiny.” Uiimann, veteran oi mg^nar tsergman lums sucn as “Persona” and “Scenes from a Marriage,” directed “Faithless.” It's a harrowing account of infidelity based on a script by Bergman. The movie unfolds through flashbacks as an aging writer works on a script about a tragic love affair. Pacino's movie “Chinese Coffee,” based on a play Pacino starred in six years ago, recounts the uneasy friendship of a failed writer desperate for affirmation from a mentor (Jerry Orbach). Harris and Pacino both star in their own films, while Field and Ullmann stayed behind the cameras. Field, making her feature-film directing debut after previously directing the TV movie “The Christmas Tree” and an episode of “From the Earth to the Moon,” said she might act in something she directs in the future. “Not now, though,” Field said. “It’s too difficult a task, this directing task. I don’t know if somewhere down the line I might feel more comfortable with directing and figure out how to do it, but right now I can’t imagine it “I can’t imagine how the actors who have done it are capable of doing that,” she said. Harris had not directed before. He originally planned only to star in “Pollock,” a project he has tried to get on film for nearly 10 years. About a year before shooting started, Harris decided to direct it He said he had personal attachment to the film and a sense for how he wanted it made. “The big reason was, I realized that I didn’t want to share whatever vision I had. I would be hard pressed to say what that vision was at the time, but I knew I had my own thoughts about it” Harris said. “I needed to find out and have the freedom to explore that on my own.” “Faithless” is the fourth film directed by Ullmann. It’s her second based on a Bergman script. Ullmann said she has given up acting altogether, partly because good roles for older women are scarce. "There’s not that many good directors, nor scripts, and the few that are don’t necessarily come my way," Ullmann said. “That has to do with age. They make very little interesting for older women, and I don’t want to be pathetic and do pathetic things, because I’ve had such a wonderful life in acting.” When she started directing in the early 1990s, Ullmann said, “The first week, I thought, ‘Oh, my God, I know this is what I can do.’ This gives me so much more pleasure. To make the frame and have all the best talent in the world filming with me. It gives me as much pleasure to give the actors the trust and the framework, the scenery, whatever they want and see that blossom.” For Pacino, directing is a matter of discovering small projects outside the big-budget studio system, films where he feels he has some personal statement to make. Such films fit his directing skills, which he describes as modest, movies that are cinematic equiv alents to off-off-Broadway productions, Pacino said. “I have had the opportunity and luck to work with some masters,” Pacino said. He previously directed the documentary “Looking for Richard,” a contempo rary examination of Shakespeare’s “Richard III.” “I just don’t feel near that or in their league at all.... I feel like a novice. I don’t feel it’s my talent,” he said. What he has discovered about his directing skills, Pacino joked, is "that I should stay away from it." auxnors celebrated LITERARY from 8 acclaim as a novelist and a pho tographer. Other programs include “ Willa Cather and Quilts” and “Reading Neihardt Accompanied by Guitar.” Although the literature festi val is open to the public, Riedesel and Connor encouraged students to take part and learn about Nebraska authors in a manner "outside of the usual academic lecture.” “I don’t think it's like anything students would normally see. People are there for the sheer joy of talking and hearing about Nebraska authors,” she said. Connor added that there are also programs about book designing and writing workshops. “There are things for students, teachers and the general public,” she said. Your blood plasma donations are urgently needed by hemophiliacs, bum victims, surgery patients & many more! Call or stop by: Nabi Biomedical Center, 300 S. 17* Street Lincoln 402-474-2335 •(for approx. 2 hours of your time) Fees & donation time may vary-can for details. WWW.n3bi.C0m Missouri native is 'on the upswing' RAGLAND from 8 can’t help but be excited about having Ragland back after she rocked the house during her St. Patrick’s Day visit. “She’s the only act we’ve ever had where I think everyone in the bar was screaming for an encore,” Reagan said. “She had to come out and do two encores.” The St. Louis native has already gained a following with her home state. She is No. 1 in the charts in Missouri on www.amazon.com, with her most popular songs being “People You Know” and “Peace in the Water,” a song that received play on the popular W.B. television series “Dawson’s Creek." “I write all my stuff. It’s about my life,” Ragland said. She’s opened for several top acts, including Barenaked Ladies and Sixpence None the Richer. She also sang on the Lilith Fair tour. And if her success in Lincoln is any indication, Ragland, who plays acoustic guitar, and her four-person band are on the upswing. “I love traveling around and promoting regionally. Word of mouth is always the best way. Lincoln is one of my favorite places to come,” she said. Reagan sees no reason why Ragland couldn’t make it big and no reason why she won’t attract at least 200 people on Friday night. “Of all the bands we’ve had here, Grasshopper Takeover rocked the place, but Robynn ranks right up there.” Reagan said. Word of mouth is spreading. 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