Early Cork (2006)

“I’ll be sorry I met you,” she said. “Met me!” said Murphy, “Met is magnificent.”

Fenton Gallery

Look closely for the series (hint: overlain photographs)!

I am so happy with my roommates. I will tell you. There is Julian from Toronto, Maren from Germany (Bavaria originally, the North as an adult), and Felix & Felipe from Spain (explained later). Maren is 28, now studying Food Science, and fixates on things. She spent a year in Namibia not long ago. She is living in Uganda next summer. Julian comes in my room when I’m napping and tries to hang out with me. He will look up recipes on my computer for us to make later & will wake me up asking, “What is a shallot?” Shallot: PLU 4462, but “What. … is it a huh, long green things – chives, round white thing – potatoes, shall ut, shall not, char lotte, sahlite…” Five minutes later, I’m awoken again: “Oh, it’s an onion.” Thanks Julian.

I’m having a difficult time fulfilling my requirements instead of taking courses I’d like to take. This is my tentative schedule:

Sociology of Deviance (This module deals with a range of issues including: the quality of information available about crime in Ireland, the problems of explaining crime, the rising importance of corporate crime, the relationship between gender and crime, the problems of policing Irish society, the punishment of criminals and the problems of reducing crime.)

Radical Politics in Twentieth-Century Ireland (the absence/failure of class politics in Ireland; Republicanism & Radicalism; the conservatism of Irish political culture. Specific topics: Socialism & Syndicalism 1900-1916; First wave feminism, nationalism & Irish politics 1900-1919; Radicals, labour & the ‘conservative’ Irish revolution 1917-1921; Blueshirts & red scares: radical politics in interwar Ireland; Class politics during the Emergency; Clann na Poblachta; the Irish Women’s Movement; Radicalism & the ‘Troubles’.) This course is a seminar course (tiny amount of people) with a dissertation at the end. There is a chance I will be unable to take it but it looks wild & real interesting. It will last through both semesters.

Postmodernism in European Cinema (Pastiche, nostalgia, intertextuality, effacement of boundaries between ‘high’ and ‘low’ art, experimental narrative structures.)

History of the Spanish Language with David Mackenzie (Fuck yes! “David Mac” rules the most.)

Archaeological Perspectives on the Early Irish Church with Tomas Ó Carragáin (The most enthusiastic professor I’ve ever encountered; it doesn’t even matter what he is teaching, he’s delightful.)

Introduction to Modern (spoken) Irish.

And next semester:
CC2007: the Celtic Languages
GV3213: Post-national Politics
HI3110: Latin America & the US

the Fota Island Estate

This is a secret garden & mystic island so exotic plants from places like South America & the Canary Islands flourish.

Dr. Frankenstein stuns a bit of life into a Dr. Seuss cartoon.

For example, that beanstalk of a palm tree that you see spooking the shit out of every Irish tree within its survey.

The lilycups of some sylvan.

More flowerage.

This frondescence answers to, “Cryptomeria Japonica!”

Around Cork

I happen to like wrought metalwork, apace with feral, twining plants.

Jeanne exonerating a beautiful voice along to some song I don’t know.

Letícia renders Spain as she perceives it.
Our four Spanish friends come to us from: Alicante, Zamora, Ávila y Socuéllamos.
Mercedes & Letícia go to school in Salamanca; Felix & Felipe study in Valencia.

Letícia then blots out Portugal and severs the rest into 17 comunidades autónomas.

Mercedes, Eva, I’ve forgotten, Letícia.

the Aula Maxima at night.

Crean & Amm sitting in a tree.

Can you believe this! Vines have actually crept into the classroom, wound their way around the curtain (thereby successfully fastening it to the wall) and up the ceiling. How delighted I am with the custodial staff’s aesthetics!

Two hours of Irish dancing lessons! In this case a “céilí” or a social, interactive dance.

And, at long last, the real international students have poured in!

The second of Ireland’s “Fairtrade towns” (the first being Clonakilty).

I went to Kinsale for free this weekend!

Charles Fort(aleza) looking over Kinsale, gourmet capital of Ireland (read: expensive).

Brown is defined as “a dark red or orange of very low intensity”.

The mouth of the River Bandon.


I told Felipe & Felix that when I was an eleven year old in Spanish class, I was told to choose a name in Spanish that was similar to my own and whatever my motive, I chose “Currita”, which they found very amusing, so now I have reverted back to myself at eleven, answering to Currita. When I was even younger, probably 7 (2nd grade), I changed my name to Brooke for two weeks.

The mud is too high; the tide is too low.

For Brian. Okay, for me, but when are you coming?

A whimsical splash of green & a spray of wall face.

If you are missing gnomes or ornaments, here is the lost & found.

Bird sanctuary. Beware of the dawg.

More beautiful ass flora.

A sample of a wonderful print that colors my room. A 1957 Sportsmen’s guide covering from eastern North Carolina at Ocracoke Inlet to the New River. These barrier islands make me miss home, as do other things. My mom wants to know if I have changed my mind, if I will come home for winter break. I need advice making this decision, which needs to be made now. I already have some casual invitations to: stay in Adare; go skiing in Finland with some Irish!; spend Christmas near Osnabrück, Germany; probably stay in Sweden. However! It will be cold & Christmas & lonely & I miss many people including the tiny one with the inverted widow’s peak.


2 thoughts on “Early Cork (2006)

  1. Thanks “Chels”! You have decor on your bosom. booz-uhm.
    I sort of forget after I post these things that I’ve done them, so it’s a nice surprise to have a response/let known that they don’t completely fall on deaf ears and blind internauts! HOLY SHIT, I just looked that up for fun & it is a real ass word!

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