Response #2 (Peter Meinke and Michael Blumenthal)
September 24, 2008
Peter Meinke and Michael Blumenthal are both talented writers, but have different styles of writing. They both have had short stories and poems published. During the event I attended, they both read two different styles of writing that they wrote.
There was a mediator who spoke first and introduced Peter Meinke to start his fictional short story. He read his story called “The Crane.” The story was about an older couple spending time in their car on a beach somewhere in Florida. The author used great imagery and took nature elements and related it to the real world. The story was somewhat comical and the speaker’s voice was very lively. After Meinke’s story, Blumenthal began his fictional short story. His story was about a man spending some time with his son. This story was a little slower than Meinke’s story and the tone of voice used was almost monotone.
Before the authors started reading their poems, the mediator asked the authors, “What were the differences and similarities in their work?” They both agreed that Meinke’s works tend to “open windows” and Blumenthal’s works tend to “close doors.” They went on to say that short stories and poems are better than novels because you do not have to describe things so much to get a meaning or point across. They also said that poems are similar to short stories because poems are just a shortened version of a short story.
The poems that these authors read were both about family members. Meinke’s poem was about an uncle of his that was living life to the fullest as a singer and out of nowhere had to get tracheaoscopy. This was comical poem because at the end of the poem, the doctor asked the uncle to do another operational procedure to lengthen his time of living. The uncle doesn’t want the procedure done and the doctor asks the uncle how many years he wants to live. The uncle puts one finger up. It was the...