Monday, August 9, 2010
'The Metaphysics of Cutting Grass'
I just want share a link to this wonderfully poetic article by Jerry DeNuccio published on the Smart Set, a website managed by Drexel University.
'The Metaphysics of Cutting Grass' discusses the connotations of grass, the zen of mowing, and varying relationships to the plant (and to the weeds that wage war amongst the blades). He explains that "mowing is applied art; in doing it, one edits the lawn, grooming the ragged, shearing the shaggy, making the unruly ruly," relating this 'transformative' activity back to his job as a university teacher and his relationship to his students. I read this article just as I finished teaching my first year class, so it definitely struck a chord.
What do you think? Is cutting grass a zen activity? Do you wage war on the weeds that invade your grass, or do you coexist?