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Geer's Charming Performance
Creates Aura of Timelessness

Snod grass Reads Love Poems

"Poems should begin in delight
and end in wisdom, like a love
affair." Mark Twain could cer-"
tainly have been describing Will
Geer's reading of excerpts directly
from Twain, Robert Frost, and
Walt Whitman last night in the
Union Ballroom. Although giving
Twain's lecturers to the Society
for the Preservation of Plymouth
Rock and the Society for the
Preservation of St. Patrick, Geer'
was sponsored by the Creative
Arts Festival.
The "happening," Geer's own
description of his improvised,
strungitogether performance, was
a completely charming combina-
tion of the wit, tragedies, and
timelessness of the three authors.
Each character lived on the stage,
as a real, individual personality.
Geer admitted to identifying
with each writer, finding it hard
to change moods. In fact, he said,
"Several of my former wives have
complained bitterly about this
quality." However, the audience
was entranced by his dramatic
transformation from robust, hilar-
ious Twain characterizations to
the thoughtful, sometimes sarcas-
tic Frosthand then to the bitter,
sickly Whitman.
Geer, with 40 years of exper-
ience acting in showboats, tents,
and repertory, found last night's
program a welcome relief from
the strictly serious and formal
Shakespeare in which he has re-
cently been performing. This
"Americana" program, his way of
teaching theatre, was the basis
for Donald 'Hall's "An Evening
With Frost," which was produced
by Marcello Cisney of the Profes-
sional Theatre Program. Also star-
ring Helen Hayes, the play even-
tually reached Broadway to re-
ceive rave reviews.'
According to this totally person-
able and human actor, Whitman is
the easiest actor to play for "We're
just beginning to find out things
about Frost." Geer would not

name his favorite, for he agrees
with Frost that revealing the iden-
tity of a favorite artist is the same
as a father telling who his favorite
child is.
However, Geer did sum up the
ideals of his subjects. Twain be-
lieved the whole world was a
dream. While Frost thought free
verse was like playing tennis with-
out a net, Whitman felt anything
but free verse was comic. Con-
sequently, Geer believes Frost was
jealous of Whitman, but he al-
ways liked Mark Twain.
Geer is relying on timeless ma-
terial which, although written in
the last century, applies equally
well to modern events, especially
civil rights and Viet Nam. Twain's
war prayer is asked in "the spirit
of love." His little Negro boy,
used to the Jim Crow-cars of the
South, wonders where he should
sit on a merry-go-round which has
no back. Using touching gestures,
Geer enacted Whitman mourning
over two dead brothers, soldiers
killed while fighting against each
Geer's style of acting seems to
relish words, not only for their
meaning, but also for their sound.
He probably agrees with Frost's
idea that "A sentence is a sound
in itself in which things called
words could be strung."
His poetry reading, such as
Bashel Lindsay's "In the Congo,"
depends on a hopping, almost
musical, rhythm, which sometimes
resembles the mumble-jumble of
the ideas. Occasionally singing the
verses, Geer believes music has
an important function in convey-
ing the emotional impact of
poetry. Accompanied by John Mc-
Fadeyan's deep voice and excellent
guitar melodies, the muted musical
background adds variety and at-
mosphere to the program.
A tremendous sense of humor
allows Geer, in the role of Frost,
to mock contemporary poets by
imitating their reading their own

Lowell in his correspondence while
teaching at the University, Frost
once said, "She's loony." Carl
Sandberg is portrayed as a "stud-
ied and artificial ruffian."
Frost, in describing the Univer-
sity in 1921, writes there has been
a "Great stirring up of poetry
here." This thought could aptly be
repeated for this month's Creative
Arts Festival and especially to-
night's program. Next year, tal-
ented and versatile Geer Will re-
turn to Ann Arbor in "An Even-
ing's Frost."I

Innovation-in format highlight-
ed Sunday evening's recital by
W. D. Snodgrass, Pulitzerprize
winning poet. Beginning with sev-
eral love poems, which he termed
"warming up pieces," he angled
into several atypical moods of love.
His first poem, "Take Off,"
pondered whether it was "the
loveliness or loss" of love that
makes the feeling of love so en-
hancing. Expanding the problem
of love in another poem, he com-
pared it to the regraduation of a
lute. "Just as one pares away the
backing of the face of the lute
to its thinnest crust, so does a

long grief hollow the cheeks
away." Yet, the experience makes
one more sensitive to life, makes
one "tremble to the lightest song,"
while reinforcing one's "power and
Although not entirely novel,
Snodgrass' incorporation of the
products of other media into his
own was a striking accomplish-
ment. In his portrayal of Schu-
bert's "The Miller's Daughter,"
Snodgrass' descriptions of silence
("the unblinking pawn") and the
daughter's love for the Green
Huntsman ("slime and deep dis-
grace") are as enveloping as the
musical rendition.

Minor Crime Rate in Parking Structures

Not Unduly High, Ann Arb

There has been a fairly regular
incidence of minor crimes in the
city and University parking struc-
tures, but the rate is not unduly
high considering the nature of the
parking structures and the occur-
rence of the same type of crimes
in the rest of the city, police of-
ficials claim.
Since September of last year
there have been approximately
twenty crimes occurring in the
parking structures that have been
reported to the Ann Arbor police.
These range from theft of a flash-
light to damage of over $100 on a
student car.
Many of these are minor lar-
cenies that could hardly have been
prevented since owners left cars
unlocked or windows unrolled.
However, some of the thefts have
involved tires, hubcaps or van-
Sgt. Donald Carnahan, dective
sergeant of the Ann Arbor police,
said that the acts of vandalism
and larceny were not unusual.
Cars parked in other parts of the
city would have as great a chance

they do in the parking structures.
He also cited the difficulties of
patrolling as large a structure as
a parking garage.
The Ann Arbor police presently
patrol the parking garages at
night and attendants make spot
checks during the day. The size
and openness of the garages, how-
ever, make it quite easy for a
potential criminal to slip in un-
Sgt. Carnahan commented that
the city and University parking
structures are all patrolled in the
same manner and have had ap-
proximately the same amount of
Church Street, Maynard Street,
Washington Street and Thayer
Street structures have all had
crimes reported, but the greatest
number in the last month have
occurred in the Thompson Street
structure. This could be partially
explained by the fact that the
Thompson Street structure is used
more than many of the other
garages since it is located close to
several major living units and the
Michigan Union. It is also the
garageused by students who store
their cars in Ann Arbor for the
semester. In the last month there
have been four incidents in the
Thompson Street structure, but
Sgt. Carnahan said this was not
surprising since a criminal will
frequently make several theft, at-
tempts in one day in the same
Presently the garages have no
attendant on duty from midnight
to 6 a.m. Mr. John Walters, direc-
tor of the Staff Parking System

or Police Say
for the University, pointed out
several factors that negated the
advantakes of putting an atten-
dant on duty in the garages for
the rest of the night.
The presence of an attendant
for the six extra hours might dis-
courage some criminal actions, but
it is doubtful that he could patrol
a structure as large as a parking
garage enough to actually stop
criminal action.
Walters pointed out that some
of the thefts and acts of malicious
destruction occurring in the last
year have happened during the
day and that there is no real
evidence that an attendant's pres-
ence has cut down thefts. Only
twenty five to fifty ears use the
garage at night, and the presence
of an extra attendant would prob-
ably necessitate a raise in rates.
Reports also indicate that there
has been no noticeable rise in the
malicious acts of destruction and
larcenies in the garages. There
were thirteen crimes in all the
garages last semester. and seven
this semester.

Snodgrass also read a poem en-
titled "Edmund Addressing Glau-
cester," which was inspired by
Shakespeare's "King Lear."
The best example of Snodgrass'
adaption from other media came
in a series of poems which were
simultaneously shown with the im-
pressionistic and post-impression-
istic paintings they represented. In
Matisse's "The Red Studio," his
first attempt; Snodgrass is a little
too vivid in his elucidation of the
symbolism in the painting. He
creates no images for his audience
but leaves them with his inter-
pretation of the painting.
Later, in Guiard's "Mother and
Sister" Snodgrass does draw the
reader into the terrifying omnipo-
tence of the mother and the
transition of the sister into a
lifeless function. Thus, the poem
serves not as a commentary to the3
painting but as distinct entity.
Another unusual aspect of Snod-
grass' poetry can be found in his
juxtaposition of two different
ideas on one subject. In one poem
bearing a Greek title, he contrasts
his World War II Naval officer's
instruction on how to blind a
man with one's fingers to the
Jewish philosopher Spinoza's be-
lief that no virtue can have
priority over one's right to be.
In the alteration of statements
one realizes that Snodgrass has
justified the most cruel actions
through Spinoza's lovely belief. It
would seem that one would commit
a serious crime to the extent to
which he values his life. In fact,
a third voice, perhaps the poet's
own, enters the last lines, rousing
the question of "What unspeakable
crime have you made your life
Although Snodgrass still oc-
casionally waits until the end of
his poem to make a moralistic
summary, this group of poems
seems more experimental than the
ones found in his book,'"Heart's
Needle." And if audience enthu-
siasm is a standard for success,
the evening was a triumphant one.



'Ruddigore' Comes alive This Week
The Gilbert and Sullivan Society will present the operetta
"Ruddigore" at the Lydia Mendelssohn Theater March 23-26.
Tickets for the Saturday presentations are already sold out.
Shown above is Gregory Issacs, '69SM, in a scene from the

poetry. Commenting on Amy of being stolen or damaged as



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